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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, center, goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder' Andre Roberson, left, Paul George, third from left and Steven Adams  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, center, goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder’ Andre Roberson, left, Paul George, third from left and Steven Adams (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Zach Randolph chuckled at the thought that he is too old to still log major minutes in the NBA. The veteran big man has a different perspective on his game.

“I’m in my prime,” Randolph said with a wide grin.

Looked pretty good Tuesday night.

Randolph scored each of his 18 of his points in the second half, Buddy Hield had 21 points and the Sacramento Kings rallied for a 94-86 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Just kept battling,” Randolph said. “We have to stick with it. It’s a long season. Anything can happen. We have a good team. We can compete with anybody. It’s a confidence thing and a believing thing.”

Sacramento stopped a seven-game losing streak with its first win since Oct. 20. The Kings (2-8) were limited to 10 points in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 17, but they stormed back to take the lead going into halftime and never trailed in the second half.

The 36-year-old Randolph was 8 for 15 from the field and also contributed eight rebounds. The Kings signed him in the offseason primarily to fill a mentor role on a team filled with young players.

“He’s like a pillar for us,” teammate Justin Jackson said. “Just having him on the court, everybody has to pay attention to him. Whenever they start doing that, that frees us up a little bit more.”

Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has dropped three in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 percent (29 for 86) from the field, committed three shot clock violations in the third quarter alone and finished with 17 turnovers.

Carmelo Anthony added 16 points and seven rebounds in his first game since he was ejected in Oklahoma City’s 103-99 loss at Portland on Sunday.

Oklahoma City led 25-8 late in the first quarter and appeared headed for a lopsided win before Sacramento quickly erased the deficit and went in front for good.

“It starts with me” Westbrook said. “Part of my job is to do that and make sure my guys are ready to play. I take ownership in that. It’s part of my job to get us back on a roll.”

Randolph was held scoreless in the first half but scored 12 in the third and six in the fourth, including a layup that made it 89-83 with 1:18 remaining.

Westbrook’s 3-pointer trimmed the gap to 89-86 but Sacramento made three free throws and Jackson added an emphatic dunk with one second left. (The Associated Press)

Today’s NBA results:

  • Cleveland 124, Milwaukee 119
  • Dallas 113, Washington 99
  • New Orleans 117, Indiana 112
  • New York 118, Charlotte 113
  • Toronto 119, Chicago 114
  • San Antonio 120, L.A. Clippers 107
  • Denver 112, Brooklyn 104
  • Philadelphia 104, Utah 97
  • Memphis 98, Portland 97

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