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- The Kings third leading scorer, guard Marcus Thornton (13.3 ppg), will miss his second straight game. Thornton is with family in Louisiana where his mother is seriously ill.
- After the Kings put together a three game winning streak (Dec. 5-8) they’ve now lost two in a row.
- Center DeMarcus Cousins will be back in the lineup tonight after serving a one game suspension for striking Dallas’ O.J. Mayo in the groin. Cousins has had double-doubles in three of his last four games. “We have to pay close attention to him,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said about Cousins, “We have to keep him below his average.”
- Oklahoma City has won nine straight games, tying the longest win streak since the franchise moved from Seattle. The Sonics won 11 straight in the 1996-97 season. The Thunder’s 18-4 record ties last season’s mark for the best start since the team has been in OKC.
- Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is second in the NBA in blocks per game (3.09) and over his career has blocked more shots against Cousins (17) than any other player.
- The Kings have never beaten the Thunder in Oklahoma City (0-7). However, Kings coach Keith Smart told reporters in the back hallway, “If we can make these guys work, we might have a chance.”
– Randy Renner