By MICHAEL WAGAMAN – Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Tyrese Haliburton had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-111 on Tuesday night.
Buddy Hield added 21 points off the bench for the Kings. Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and De’Aaron Fox had 12 points and eight assists.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points for the Thunder.
Earlier today, Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault, rookie Josh Giddey and forward Derrick Favors entered into NBA health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Mike Wilks led the team in Daigneault’s absence.
The Kings weathered a flurry of goals from the Thunder in the third quarter, built a 17-point lead early in the fourth and made three free throws in the final 32 seconds to end a three-game losing streak.
Haliburton had 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-point clutch after Oklahoma City shot 106-96. This is the fifth time in six games that Haliburton has scored at least 20 points and 10 assists.
Gilgeous-Alexander kept Oklahoma City close and scored 15 points in the last 12 minutes, but the shorthanded Thunder only had two players to hit the double.
The Thunder began a lineup that included Isaiah Roby making his second start of the season after missing four of the last five games due to the coach’s decision, and Paul Watson, who was making his third start in career and his first this season. Roby had eight points and six rebounds, while Watson scored five points.
Sacramento led by 10 early in the third, but Aaron Wiggins had eight points in a 17-3 run to give Oklahoma City the lead. The Kings scored the next 13 points and led 87-71 before the fourth.
Thunder: Gabriel Deck made a 3-pointers beating the buzzer to end the first quarter. … Wiggins was called up for a technical foul in the second quarter.
Kings: Former No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III started for the second time this season and had nine points and 10 rebounds. … Damian Jones set a career high with 14 rebounds.
Thunder: Play for the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday. Oklahoma City have lost three straight games to Phoenix, including 113-101 last Thursday.
Kings: Face the Mavericks on Wednesday for the first of two games in three days against Dallas at the Golden 1 Center.
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