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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings on the road last night, 99-97. There really isn't all that much to talk about from a game standpoint. Yes, it was nice to pick up the win, but considering the team lost at home to the Memphis Grizzlies the other night without two of their top players, and had to struggle to hold on against one of the worst teams in the Western Conference last night, I'm not going to get too excited about the victory.

If you missed the game entirely, here is all you need to know:

1. The Thunder held a nine point lead going into the half. They then went on to turn a three point lead into a 13 point advantage with just eight minutes remaining in the game. The defense stepped it up, although the team then went on to allow the Kings to pick up some very easy baskets. They went into cruise control a little too early, and it almost came back to haunt them. Thankfully, the Kings were their opponents.

2. Kevin Durant may have struggled from the free throw line last night (including missing the final 2 attempts that gave the Kings a chance to win or tie the game in the final seconds), but he more than made up for it everywhere else. He finished with a game high 35 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the win. Russell Westbrook had another complete game for the Thunder, dropping in 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. He also shot very well from the field.

3. Once again, no other starter finished in double figures in scoring, while James Harden had 11 points off the bench. I feel as if I could almost write that into every article. But although the numbers may not show up in the box score, the bench was very productive in leading the team to victory. It was the second unit that helped give the team their largest lead in the fourth quarter.

4. These two teams will meet again on Tuesday, with this one coming at home for Oklahoma City. It will be the Thunder's final game before heading into the All-Star break. They will play a road game against the Golden State Warriors tonight.

That pretty much summed up what happened on the court for the teams. But since the Kings decided that if they cannot beat the Thunder on the floor, perhaps they could beat each off the court.

Demarcus Cousins, who has been labeled as "problem child" since even before his days at the University of Kentucky, apparently has not grown up during his days as a professional.

Cousins was upset that teammate Donte Greene inbounded the ball to Tyreke Evans on the team's final possession. Cousins was calling for the ball in the post, but Greene fed it to Evans, who missed on his three point attempt that would have given his team a one point win. 

It was reported that Cousins and Greene got into a heated arguement, causing Sacramento to remove Cousins from the team's flight scheduled to head to Phoenix late Saturday night. Cousins could be heard shouting from the tunnel to the locker room.

He has not yet been suspended for this latest incident, although this would not be the first time he could be disciplined by the team. He has been fined by the team for a verbal confrontation with a training staff member, tossed out of practice after talking back to head coach Paul Westphal and benched for a premature choking gesture. I say premature, as well as immature, because when he made the gesture, he thought his team was all set to pick up the win. They went on to lose that game as well.

Cousins was one of the most talented players in this past NBA Draft. He has the tools on the court to become an All-Star, as he is averaging almost 14 points and 8 rebounds per game in his rookie season.

But it is what is inside his head that will most likely prevent him from ever becoming a great player in this game.

* Make sure to follow Kelley on Twitter @RobKelley24 for all of the latest in the world of sports.


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