The Sacramento Kings entered Denver on the second night of a home-and-away back-to-back. The Sacramento Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Omri Casspi, and Marco Belinelli. The Sacramento Kings trailed by 12 at one point in the third quarter. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Denver Nuggets 115-106.
This game was weird in almost every way possible. Seth Curry was moved to the bench after starting and playing well the last few games. Curry exploded for 17 points in the second quarter, and finished the game with...17 points. He went 0-2 in the second half, and played limited minutes. Normally this would rally the StR commenters to grab their pitchforks, but it made sense in this game. It was fine. The other guards all played well.
In fact, everyone played well. Quincy Acy was the only King to not score in double figures. Seven players contributed double digits, including my personal scapegoat James Anderson, who had 13. Ben McLemore and Darren Collison had 14 points each. Kosta Koufos had 13 points off the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points as a starter. It was a top-to-bottom team effort, led by 25 points from Rudy Gay.
The Nuggets are a team full of talented but inexperienced players. The Kings dismantled them without four players who average a combined 60+ points per game. And yet the Nuggets are one win ahead of the Kings in the standings.
Speaking of the standings, the weirdness continues with our reaction to this game. A win is a win and we'll always celebrate that. But this looked liked a schedule loss, meant to be assured by resting key players. Make no mistake, the Kings don't want to climb the standings over the next two weeks. I'm always going to be happy for wins, but wouldn't it just be the most Kings thing ever to turn it on this late in the season and lose their draft pick?
One final note: The Kings are now, just now, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It's April. So weird.
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