After two straight losses, the Sacramento Kings gritted one out in Denver Tuesday night, coming away with a much needed road win against a young Nuggets team. The Kings featured a balanced attack and picked up timely baskets when they needed them to pull out the 120-113 win.
Darren Collison is finding his game. After a prolonged struggle, Collison has bounced back of late, posting big numbers as a second scoring option for Sacramento. The Nuggets had no answer for the Kings starting point guard who finished the night with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Collison added seven assists and turned the ball over just twice in 35 minutes of action.
Nikola Jokic will see DeMarcus Cousins in his nightmares. Sacramento’s star big man dominated the Nuggets up-and-comer, scoring 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists in the win.
We have an Arron Afflalo sighting. Things haven’t gone as planned for Afflalo in his first season in Sacramento, but he came out firing Tuesday night against his former team. The 10-year NBA vet hit 8-for-11 from the field for a big 19 points off the Kings bench.
Big man Kosta Koufos played big in the post, dropping in 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. Garrett Temple came up big late, scoring eight points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Denver found their range early from behind the arc, torching the Kings for 11 3-pointers before the intermission. The Kings did a better job late, but the Nuggets still hit 18-for-38 shooting from deep on the night.
Danilo Gallinari is a matchup nightmare for the Kings. The sweet-shooting Italian knocked down 4-for-6 from the perimeter on his way to 24 points.
Jusuf Nurkic went to work against the Kings’ big frontline. The third-year big poured in 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Jokic struggled early, but still managed to score 18 points and grab seven rebounds and hand out five assists.
Shooting guard Gary Harris added 15 points and Darrell Arthur finished with 12 points as the Nuggets fell a game and half behind the Kings in the standings.
Welcome back to Denver Arron Afflalo. The veteran shooting guard had his best game of the season coming off Dave Joerger’s bench after missing three games with an elbow injury.
Sacramento played well down the stretch to outlast the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. They pushed the lead to 11 midway through the fourth and never looked back on their way to their 15th win on the season.
Ty Lawson tried to give it a go in pregame after suffering a maxillary sinus fracture Saturday against Memphis. He has now been diagnosed with subconjunctival hemorrhage in his right eye (blurred vision). Rudy Gay missed his third straight and has now sat in nine of the Kings previous 10 games with a right hip flexor strain.
The Kings return home following the game to face an injury decimated Miami Heat team Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center.