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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Armani Watts Jersey . - The Oklahoma City Thunder know as well as anybody this season how difficult it is to overcome adversity, so forgive them if they have no sympathy for the Sacramento Kings right now.Been there, done that and perhaps better for it.Russell Westbrook had 32 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant scored 26 and the Thunder beat the reeling Kings 104-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.It was the first game for the Kings since Michael Malone was fired as coach and lead assistant Tyrone Corbin was promoted to interim coach. They dropped to 2-8 while franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins recovers from viral meningitis.This is an I-dont-feel-sorry-for-you league, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. When we had guys hurt, I didnt get a lot of text messages, Hey, hang in there, from the other 29 coaches in the league.The Thunder went ahead by 16 in the first quarter, led by just seven at halftime and pulled away again in the closing minutes behind their leading duo. Oklahoma City improved to 7-1 since Durant returned from a broken right foot.Defensively, I think weve been locking in, said Durant, who played a season-high 35 minutes. We have little spurts where were bad, but overall I think we did a good job in playing defence.Rudy Gay scored 22 points, and reserve Carl Landry added 14 for the Kings. Sacramento had 19 turnovers that led to 26 points for the Thunder.The Kings twice went ahead in the fourth quarter on jumpers by Landry. Then Oklahoma City clamped down on defence, and Westbrook and Durant took turns making shots to help the Thunder take a 98-88 lead with 2:47 remaining.Oklahoma City outshot Sacramento 47.1 per cent to 42.9 per cent.These guys showed a lot of fight when theyve faced a lot stuff in the last couple of days, Corbin said. They came out against a great team and had a chance to win the ballgame.The Thunder (12-13) started the season 3-12 while dealing with injuries to Durant and Westbrook but are rediscovering their championship-contender form with both healthy again.The Kings (11-14) have struggled since losing their top player and are now dealing with a surprising coaching change. Sacramento fired Malone late Sunday night just 24 games into his second season, citing philosophical differences.Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete DAlessandro who was hired two weeks after Malone want a more up-tempo, offence-oriented system, while Malone preached defence and rebounding.Ranadive sat in his usual courtside seat. Corbin limped on the sideline with a walking boot on his left leg, which he injured a couple of weeks ago while working out.Some fans in the white towel-waving sellout crowd of 17,317 began booing after the Thunders opening burst, and the game looked ready to become a rout.Oklahoma City went up 34-18 in the first quarter, but Sacramento sliced the Thunders lead to three in the second. The Kings also had the highlight of the half when Gay dunked over Serge Ibaka, who finished with a season-high seven blocks, including a couple during Oklahoma Citys final surge.This is not a time to put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves, Kings point guard Darren Collison said. Teams are coming in here and they dont care what our situation is.___TIP-INSThunder: Durant, who is 26 years old, became the second-youngest player to surpass 15,000 points. Only LeBron James (25) was younger. ... The Thunder improved to 2-0 against Sacramento this season.Kings: Omri Casspi sat out with a bruised left knee. He is day to day. ... Rookie forward Eric Moreland was recalled from the Reno Bighorns, the teams NBA Development League affiliate. He did not play.PROUD PEJAThe Kings retired Peja Stojakovics No. 16 jersey during a halftime ceremony. Former teammates Vlade Divac, Bobby Jackson, Doug Christie, Brad Miller and Scott Pollard attended the ceremony. Stojakovic said he was honoured and humbled to have his jersey retired.GAYS OUTBURSTGay was called for a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing with official Lauren Holtkamp. Durant missed the technical free throw.UP NEXTThunder: At Golden State on Thursday.Kings: Host Milwaukee on Thursday. Chris Burford Jersey . The Brazilian-born strikers brace drew him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the leagues leading scorers with 17 goals apiece through 16 rounds. "The important thing is to help the team win, not the goals," Diego Costa said. After a first half dominated by defence, Atletico pressed Valencia into its area and Diego Costa did the rest. Terrell Suggs Jersey . 15-23, the Ottawa Senators will by hoping to avoid going five straight games without a victory for the first time since a 0-3-2 drought from Oct. http://www.customchiefsjersey.com/custom-sammy-watkins-jersey-large-1856n.html . Patrick Deslisle-Houde and David Rose each scored in the second to give the fourth-seeded Redmen a 3-1 lead after Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored in the first.TORONTO -- Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said it best in his post-game press conference: "Dave Bolland has a history of scoring big goals." Bolland, who scored the Stanley Cup-clincher for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, got the game-winner in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in a back-and-forth game Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Bolland finished off a 3-on-1 rush with Cody Franson and Mason Raymond just over two minutes into the extra period. He now has three goals on the season, two of them game-winning goals. "We have confidence, we just dont give up," Bolland said. "In Chicago, when I was there, wed be down 5-4 or 5-1 against teams and we knew we could come back. We have that feeling in the room. If were down, we can come back." Bollands goal came after Joffrey Lupul had tied the game in the final minute of regulation with goalie Jonathan Bernier pulled for an extra attacker. "We got a lot of experience in here, a lot of character players," said James van Riemsdyk. "We dont ever quit and thats a huge attribute to have ... We never seem to stop playing and thats key." The win improved the Leafs record to 5-1-0, while the Oilers, who began a six-game road trip, dropped to 1-3-1. The lead changed hands six times and neither team was up by more than a goal at any point of the game. "It was back and forth, and we kept coming," said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. "Thats probably one of the most momentum swings -- back and forth, back and forth -- that youre going to see. Wed like to come out on the winning end and we did." Lupul and Van Riemsdyk each had two goals for Toronto, and Nazem Kadri had the other. Bernier, making his third straight start, stopped 26 shots for the win. Ryan Smyth replied with a pair of goals for Edmonton. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon and Jordan Eberle had the others, while Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and Mark Arcobello added three assists. "Our guys were battling hard and we couldnt keep the surge from coming," said head coach Dallas Eakins. "I thought we were doing a lot of great, great things and it just seemed like that puck kept coming in our net." The opening period was an omen for things to come as the teams each scored a ppair of goals. Ed Podolak Jersey. Edmonton opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first on a controversial goal. Bernier went behind the net to play the puck around the boards and Eberle clipped his right foot as he tried to squeeze between Bernier and the post. Bernier tripped, Eberle got the puck out front and it deflected off Smyths skate over Bernier as he scrambled back into the net. "I thought I made the right play," Bernier said. "He kinda caught me from behind, so thats why I was late on that play. But thats part of the game and thats the referees call." Toronto tied the game at 9:47 on a weak goal. Kadri took a pass from Raymond at the left faceoff dot and roofed a wrist shot over Dubynk just a few feet from the goal-line. The Leafs took the lead on a power-play goal at 15:26 of the period. Van Riemsdyk tipped a wrist shot from the point by Cody Franson past Dubynk for his fourth goal of the season. The Oilers got that goal back with less than two minutes left in the period on a 5-on-3 power play. With Colton Orr and Van Riemsdyk in the penalty box, Nugent-Hopkins snapped a shot from the slot that snuck between Berniers right arm and his body into the net. The teams split a pair of goals in the second period, and the back-and-forth hockey continued in the third. After Eberle and Van Riemsdyk exchanged goals, the Oilers reclaimed the lead at 11:27 to make it 5-4 when Smyth got his second of the game, finishing off a passing play from Eberle. That lead stood until the final minute of the third when Lupul tied it with a shot from the bottom of the left circle, allowing Bolland to complete the comeback for Toronto. "My teeth are going to be ground down by the 20-game mark if we keep playing the way we did tonight, as far as exchanging chances and mistakes," Carlyle said. "But hey, thats hockey and its early in the season. Im sure were going to see a few more like this along the way. Were just fortunate were on the extra point side of it." Notes: David Broll, a Leafs sixth-round pick in 2011, got an assisted on the Leafs third goal for his first point in the NHL. a Edmontons Nail Yakupov, who has no points in four games, was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. ... The Oilers have given up at least four goals in every game this season. ... Announced attendance was 19,379. ' ' '

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