Instant Analysis: Kings' offense goes absent in Denver
Game to forget
Basketball is a beautiful game. And then sometimes it’s not. The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets made the game look extremely difficult Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. In the end, it was home team that found a way to do enough, as Denver came away with the 96-79 victory.
In a game where the Kings shot just 36.9 percent from the field, Skal Labissiere stood out as one of the few bright spots. Labissiere finished the night with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and chipped in four rebounds in the loss.
With George Hill struggling from the field, De’Aaron Fox stepped up. The rookie guard dropped in 18 points and kept the Kings within striking distance until the late third quarter.
Zach Randolph picked up the team’s first technical foul of the season in the third quarter. The veteran big added 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Buddy Hield couldn’t buy a basket. The second-year guard shot an abysmal 1-for-10 from the floor, including 0-for-4 from long range. He had plenty of open looks, but sometimes it’s just not your night.
Denver used a balanced attack to come away with the win. Paul Millsap led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds. Kenneth Faried came off the bench to score 18 points and grab eight rebounds. Gary Harris went for 17 and Will Barton added 15 points off the bench as the Nuggets picked up their first win of the season.
Kenneth Faried checked into the game in the second quarter and instantly turned the momentum Denver’s way. He’s usually a rebounding specialist, but his hustle and ability to finish around the rim helped his team pull away early as the game slowed to a crawl.
The Kings looked exhausted in the first half, but trailed by just eight heading to the intermission. Denver found a way to put the ball in the bucket in the third and never looked back.
Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.
The Kings travel to Phoenix to face off with the Suns on Monday evening. They’ll return home to host DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday at Golden 1 Center.