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Nuggets 114 - Kings 98: Rebounding Woes Haunt Kings

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The shorthanded Nuggets blew by the Kings in the second half.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In their third game in four nights, the Kings managed to keep up their recent defensive intensity for the first half, but the Nuggets torched Sacramento in the third quarter behind a barrage of three-pointers and offensive rebound after offensive rebound, and never looked back in the fourth.

The veterans led the way in the scoring column tonight, with George Hill and Kosta Koufos both putting in 16 points, while Zach Randolph and De’Aaron Fox scored 12 apiece, and Frank Mason contributed 11 off of the bench. De’Aaron Fox also recorded 5 assists, while Z-Bo grabbed 6 boards to lead the Kings.

On the winning side of the equation, several Nuggets had a fun night at the expense of Dave Joerger’s sanity. Will Barton scored 25 points on just 15 shots, Gary Harris dumped in another 20, Jamal Murray put up 18, and Nikola Jokic dominated the glass with 14 rebounds, alongside 16 points.

Game Notes:

  • It’s becoming a fairly depressing habit for the Kings to get killed on the boards, and tonight was no exception. Denver won the rebounding battle 49-34, including snagging 14 offensive rebounds compared to Sacramento’s 5.
  • The Kings generated a good chunk of their first half offense from Denver’s carelessness, as they stole the ball 9 times off of 11 turnovers, but the Nuggets settled things down in the second half, coughing the ball up just twice.
  • Skal Labissiere continues to struggle in the starting lineup. He’s now committed more fouls (10) than points scored (8), over the past 3 games, and is shooting a combined 3/19 from the field. You can’t really blame Dave Joerger for limiting our sophomore big when he’s simply unable to contribute in his time on the floor.
  • Garrett Temple had his second off night in a row. He’s only hit 1 of his last 16 attempts over the past 2 games. One has to wonder if the back to back and three in four got to his legs a bit.