- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With Kevin Durant on the bench to start the fourth quarter, his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates put together a run that helped end one of the most impressive scoring streaks in NBA history.

And Durant says nobody is happier it’s over than him.

Caron Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Thunder began the fourth quarter on a 16-0 spurt to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Durant finished with 23 points but was never needed in the final quarter, stopping his streak of scoring at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games.

Only Oscar Robertson (46 straight games in 1963-64) and Wilt Chamberlain (all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season) have longer such streaks.

“I was getting so many texts after every game. I’m glad that’s over with and we can just focus on the team,” said Durant, who shot 8 for 13 in 31 minutes.

“If we played well and I had 25 points, that took away from how well the team was playing, so I didn’t like that. If we lost, it was all about me scoring 25 points and I didn’t like that either. I’m glad we can just talk about the team now.”

Coming off losses at Memphis and Phoenix, Oklahoma City certainly has plenty of bigger things to play for during the season’s final two weeks.

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.

Even still, Durant said he was aware of how many points he had but never thought of asking coach Scott Brooks to go back in the game.

Brooks insisted it never crossed his mind, either, saying the most impressive thing about Durant’s streak is that he didn’t even realize it ended because Durant has been the “trademark for consistency.”

“He’s about team,” Brooks said. “If he wasn’t, he would have played golf and tried to chase (Jack) Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.”

DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Travis Outlaw scored 24 points in Sacramento’s third straight loss. Even with three regulars out with injuries, the Kings made the Thunder work through the first three quarters.

Oklahoma City built double-digits leads throughout the game only to watch Sacramento surge back each time.

But with Durant on the bench to open the fourth, the Thunder finally created a lead big enough to stick. The Thunder held Sacramento scoreless for nearly 6 minutes to go ahead 101-77.

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