NBA: Steve Adams claims career-high rebounds in OKC Thunder's win over Kings

Steven Adams in action against the Kings.
Steven Adams in action against the Kings. Photo credit: Reuters

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams had his best performance of the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, during their 132-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday (NZ time).

Adams scored 20 points, to go with a career-high 23 rebounds - eclipsing his previous best of 20 boards.

The seven-footer claimed nine of his 23 rebounds off the offensive glass, hitting an effective 8-of-12 from the field and all four of his free-throw attempts.

The 25-year-old is the third Thunder player with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining former teammates Enes Kanter (2016) and Serge Ibaka (2015).

Despite the achievement, Adams wasn't celebrating his outstanding performance.

"I couldn't care less, mate," said the Kiwi. "Honestly, it was one of those nights where they did a hell of a job boxing out, but man, you just get a s**t bounce.

"They were just coming my way, the bounces, it’s just one of those things, mate. I wasn’t doing anything different that I normally do.

"They were just bouncing my way, so cheers."

In his sixth NBA season, Adams is averaging a career-high in points (16.2) and rebounds (10.2) through 29 games.

The 21-point win propelled the Thunder to second place in the Western Conference with a 20-10 record, after the Golden State Warriors lost to Utah Jazz.

OKC are just one game behind the Denver Nuggets in the conference and are back in action on Sunday,when they host the Jazz.