Thunder knock off Kings

Mar 8 2018 Oklahoma City OK USA Phoenix Suns guard Shaquille Harrison drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Mar 8 2018 Oklahoma City OK USA Phoenix Suns guard Shaquille Harrison drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena

The 24-year-old Kiwi centre suffered a second straight injury that forced him to leave the game prematurely during the Thunder's hard-fought 106-101 home victory over the Sacramento Kings that improved them to 40-29 for the season.

Westbrook, now fourth on the list with 99 career triple-doubles, has gotten the gross majority of his over the past two seasons.

Steven Adams is getting banged from pillar to post as the Oklahoma City Thunder look to secure their spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Thunder moved into fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race, and are now a season-high 11 games above.500.

Steven Adams, who returned from a sprained ankle, left the game in the third quarter with a hip contusion. Temple's tip-in in the closing seconds of the third quarter gave Sacramento a 79-78 lead. The Thunder made 16 of 36 3-pointers, 11 of them from Paul George, Carmelo and Russell Westbrook, a trio recently troubled by the triple.

The Thunder's defense snoozed for long stretches until the fourth quarter. Westbrook's lob to Grant for a dunk put the Thunder up 102-92 with just under 3 minutes to play.

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Kings: Former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield came off the bench and scored three points in 15 minutes.

Ferguson only missed one game as he made his way through the concussion protocol, and he won't be limited at all today.

But the 3-point shot - a fickle weapon this season for Oklahoma City - was dependable on a night when the Thunder badly needed it.

George, Anthony and Westbrook went a combined 11 of 19 from 3-point range.

With the match against the Kings being the first night of a back-to-back, the Thunder would have little time to prepare for their next match - away to the Atlanta Hawks.

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