Thomas converted 8 of 14 shots and outscored the Thunder 21-19 in the fourth quarter. His fourth quarter points were the most of any player this season. He went 9 of 18 shooting from the field, including 3 of 8 from downtown, and a perfect 3 of 3 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 24 points, three assists and four steals while logging 21 minutes in a 97-95 defeat.
Thomas added four assists, three rebounds and two steals in the victory. He has averaged 18.4 points and 4.6 assists in 11 games for the 4-7 Kings.
The point guard scored 26 points to lead the team over 28 bench minutes. He shot 8 of 17 from the field with a 3-pointer and 9 for 9 from the free throw line. Thomas added five assists, two rebounds and a steal in the contest.
The 24-year-old has outplayed starter Greivis Vasquez in the early going of the season. He could be starting himself before long.
Thomas led the team in scoring Friday in a 110-101 loss to the Clippers, and he didn't need a ton of shots to do so. He scored 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while making all three of his three-point attempts and going 8 for 10 at the free-throw line. He added four assists and two rebounds.
Thomas has been coming off the bench early in the season behind Greivis Vasquez, but the Kings are still getting him plenty of minutes. He is averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 assists in just 30 minutes through two games.
"It's toe-to-toe. Those guys are both doing a great job," Malone told SactownRoyalty.com Thursday.
Thomas is averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 assists per game in four preseason appearances, while Vasquez is averaging just 6.0 points and 1.5 assists in 13.0 minutes in his two games
"You can see [Vasquez's] passion, his leadership, his playmaking ability, and then you have a guy like Isaiah who can also make plays, but is more of a natural scorer," Malone said. "And they compliment each other because one guy is a tall - how can I say it politely - not the quickest guy in the world. And then you have a guy like Isaiah who comes in, whose a water bug, who can get to wherever he wants to go on the floor and can put a lot of pressure on the defense."
The Kings have played both together in small lineups during the preseason, but they may not have many chances to do that given their depth at guard. The Kings have three preseason games left to determine their starter.
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