SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Caron Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points but was never needed in the final quarter, stopping his streak of scoring at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games. Serge Ibaka added 19 points and four rebounds for the Thunder, who rested Russell Westbrook ahead of Wednesday night's game at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Oklahoma City (56-21) is 1½ games ahead of the Clippers (55-23) for the Western Conference's No. 2 playoff seed.
DeMarcus Cousins collected 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Travis Outlaw scored 24 points in Sacramento's third straight loss.
Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans missed the game for Sacramento with sore backs. Isaiah Thomas also missed his eighth straight game with a right quad contusion.
Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone tries to explain Tuesday's terrible fourth quarter following a 107-92 loss at Sleep Train Arena. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings forward Travis Outlaw talks about his season high 24 points as he started in place of an ijured Rudy Gay, in Tuesday's 107-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins talks about a terrible fourth quarter in Tuesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and tying Chris Webber's Sac-era double-double record in a season. News10/KXTV