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Kings 109, Nuggets 95: Sacramento roars to life in the second half

The Kings outscored the Nuggets by 21 in the 3rd quarter, and DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas combined for 92 points in the Kings' second win in a row.

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Sacramento beat the Denver Nuggets tonight for their second win in a row, and their first in Denver since 2008.  The Kings trailed by double-digits in the 2nd quarter and were down 4 at the half, but a huge 3rd quarter in which the Kings outscored Denver 39 to 18 broke the game open.

Sacramento's "Only Three" of Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 92 points alone, with no other King scoring more than 6 points.  Thomas was incredibly efficient, cruncha munching through the Denver defense like they were Fritos on his sub.  He scored his 33 points on just 16 shots.  Gay started out 3-10 from the field, but finished 12-23 for 32 points along with 11 rebounds.  DeMarcus Cousins got going early and never let up, finishing with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and a steal in 34 minutes.

The third quarter was not only huge for the Kings offense, but also their defense, which stepped up, especially in the paint.  Sacramento had 10 blocks overall (tying a season-high) and 6 of them came in the 3rd quarter.

The shorthanded Nuggets got big efforts from both Randy Foye and Evan Fournier, who scored 27 points each (setting a career-high for Fournier) and combined for 10-16 from downtown.  The Nuggets as a team shot 15-32 from three, which was the main reason the score was even as close as it was considering the Nuggets were held to just 37.5% from the field overall.  The only other Nugget in double digits was Kenneth Faried with 10 points.

Newly acquired Reggie Evans made his debut in the first half, grabbing 5 rebounds in 8 minutes and almost killing Aaron Brooks with an illegal screen.  Rookie Ray McCallum played a season-high 17 minutes but didn't make a shot.  He did have 3 rebound and 2 assists though.

The Kings surprisingly have played very well on the second night of a back to back this season.  With tonight's win, the Kings are now 6-7 in those games.

Sacramento now gets a day off before coming home to face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.  As a reminder, you can purchase tickets to that game via our special group rate.

For the opposing perspective, visit the excellent Denver Stiffs.