Instant Analysis: Kings buried by Nuggets despite solid effort from veterans
Nuggets take over in second half
SACRAMENTO -- Second chances. The Sacramento Kings were dominated on the glass Monday night at Golden 1 Center and it cost them dearly.
With all the balls bouncing wrong way, the Denver Nuggets hit the Kings for 14 offensive rebounds and outscored the home team 19-6 on second chance points to come away with the 114-98 win.
George Hill led the Kings with 16 points and four steals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the rebounding imbalance as the Kings fell to 4-13 on the season.
Kosta Koufos doesn’t often get the recognition, but he was a difference maker for the Kings Monday night. The big man the floor and put on a defensive show. The veteran center came off the bench to finish the night with 16 points, three rebounds and four block.
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Will Barton is crafty. The shorthanded Nuggets turned to the reserve guard and he responded with 25 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. Denver hit 15-of-32 from long range as the Kings scrambled to recover on second and third opportunities.
After going to the half tied up at 47-47, Denver started knocking down the long ball in the third. The Nuggets outscored the Kings 34-23 in the quarter to take a double-digit lead into the fourth.
Buddy Hield missed his second straight contest with a sprained right ankle. Vince Carter missed his seventh straight game with kidney stones. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings return to their home floor Wednesday night to face Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll finish the three-game homestand Saturday when the Clippers roll through Golden 1.