The rookies aren’t complaining about playing too much.

The Kings have only two healthy guards after Isaiah Thomas missed a second consecutive game with a right quad contusion.

That left rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum plenty of time on the court.

Friday’s 94-81 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena provided both with plenty of opportunity to play and learn.

McLemore finished with a team-high 18 points. McCallum had 13 points and five assists in his second NBA start.

Both played nearly the entire game against the Thunder (53-19), who have the second-best record in the NBA.

It was a rough shooting night for both. McCallum made six of his 16 shots, while McLemore made five of 16.

“I thought the rookie backcourt did an excellent job, considering the circumstances,” said Kings coach Michael Malone.

Without Thomas and no other point guards on the roster, McCallum has played 89 of a possible 96 minutes in the last two games, including 46 against the Thunder.

“I’ll take all the minutes I can get,” McCallum said. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity all year and getting a good opportunity to go out here and get some good experience and go out there and play.”

McCallum drew the task of defending Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and veteran Derek Fisher, who played more with backup Reggie Jackson out with a back sprain.

“They have two completely different games,” McCallum said. “But being a point guard and seeing how they run their team, how vocal they are on the court and how they get guys in the right spots (helped). Going against guys like that is going to make me a better player. ... I’m playing against guys and trying to go at them, but I’m also trying to learn some things.”

With Thomas’ status uncertain for tonight’s game in Dallas, McCallum is in line to log a lot of minutes again against veteran Jose Calderon and the Mavericks.