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Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 32 points off the bench, but the Kings still fell well short against a superior Nuggets team.
Marcus Thornton exploded for 32 points off the bench against the Nuggets on Tuesday, but got little help as the Kings fell to Denver 120-113. Jason Thompson got off to a hot start, scoring 12 of the Kings first 15 points, but got into some foul trouble and finished with 18. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 23 points and 8 assists. DeMarcus Cousins added 13 rebounds, eight points, and a career-high five blocks.
This scoring outburst continues a trend for Thornton, who has scored 20+ points in 4 of the Kings' last 5 games.
Sacramento's defense was simply unable to stop the balanced attack of the Nuggets, who saw four of five starters score in double digits. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 24 points and seven assists. Danilo Gallinari scored 23. Kenneth Faried finished with a very solid double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
At the end of the day, the Nuggets are simply a better team and have had the Kings' number all season. And really, tonight's match-up can probably be best summed up by DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson scoring two points for Denver:
As a side note, kudos to the fans in attendance. SA-CRA-MEN-TO chants could be heard loud and clear throughout the game. Bravo.