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Jackson leads Thunder past Kings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 101-93 on Sunday night.

Jackson scored eight points in the final 2:17, going 6 of 7 from the free throw line.

Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, and Sebastian Telfair added 14 points for the Thunder (2-5). Though struggling without injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they improved to 2-1 at home.

Rudy Gay had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore each added 16 points for the Kings (5-2).

The Thunder entered the game as the lowest-scoring team in the league, but they shot 46 percent from the field.

Jackson’s 3-pointer at the end of the first half gave the Thunder a 52-39 lead. The Thunder held the Kings to 37 percent shooting and outrebounded Sacramento 25-15 before the break.

A dunk by Ibaka pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 56-39 and led to a timeout by the Kings.

Sacramento responded with a 13-0 run. The Thunder went scoreless for more than five minutes while missing eight consecutive shots and turning the ball over four times. The Kings got as close as a point, but the Thunder hung on and took a 67-65 lead into the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma City opened the final period on a 5-0 run. A three-point play by Ish Smith and a dunk by Nick Collison gave the Thunder a 72-65 edge.

Collison hit two 3-pointers in a 2-minute span to help the Thunder push the lead back up to 82-73 with just over 7 minutes remaining.

Sacramento cut Oklahoma City’s lead to two, but Jackson’s step-back jumper with the shot clock winding down bumped the Thunder lead back up to 94-89 with 1:10 remaining, and the Thunder remained in control from there.

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TIP-INS

Kings: Gay was called for a technical foul in the third quarter after throwing down a nasty alley-oop dunk on Smith and staring him down. … The Kings made 10 of 18 shots in the third quarter to trim a 13-point deficit to two.

Thunder: Coach Scott Brooks said before the game that Perry Jones (right knee contusion) and Anthony Morrow (left MCL sprain) are close to returning. … Oklahoma City, which made just 3 of 11 free throws in Friday’s loss to Memphis, made 23 of 27 against the Kings.

UP NEXT:

Kings: Visit Dallas on Tuesday.

Thunder: Visits Milwaukee on Tuesday.

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