March 11, 2009

NBA: Oklahoma City 99, Sacramento 98

Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points each Tuesday and Oklahoma City held off Sacramento 99-98.

The Thunder got another 17 points from Thabo Sefolosha and Nenad Krstic grabbed 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma City has now won five of its last six games while Sacramento has lost 20 of its last 24.

Spencer Hawes led the Kings with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Francisco Garcia added 18 and Andres Nocioni 16.

This game was tight throughout the first half, with Oklahoma City leading 27-26 after one quarter and the two teams tied at the half. The Thunder managed a 16-6 run late in the third period for an 84-76 lead that Sacramento could never quite overcome, though the Kings tied it at 89 with under 8 minutes left.

Two Krstic layups and a Westbrook jumper made it 97-92 with 38 seconds left and the Thunder secured the win from there..