After coasting to an easy victory vs. the Hawks at home on Monday night, the Denver Nuggets looked to get a back to back win vs. the Sacramento Kings, Road wins have not been easy to come by for the Nuggets this year, but Tuesday night was a different story.
After a pretty even first half full of runs by both teams, Denver took control and won 120-113 over Sacramento on Tuesday night to get their 40th victory of the year.
The first half was pretty even, but the 1st quarter and was not particularly great for the Nuggets as they shot 36% from the field but still led 24-22 after the 1st thanks to Faried’s 8 points and 5 rebounds. In the 2nd quarter, Denver extended their lead to seven with just under 2:30 to go before an 11-4 run by the Kings tied the game at 50-50 headed to halftime. The Manimal was stellar already recording a double double at the half with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
That’s 26 double-doubles for the Manimal this year! Jason Thompson was Sacramento’s savior in the 1 st half with 14 points shooting 7-7 from the field, and the Kings surprisingly out-rebounded the Nuggets 25-21 in the 1st half. Denver opened the 2nd half on a 7-0 run and played excellently on the offensive side of the ball and were able to stretch their lead to 70-57 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Unfortunately, the Nuggets got in early foul trouble in the quarter allowing the Kings to get to the line and that hurt Denver. In the quarter, Sacramento was 13-16 from the FT line and after the 3rd Denver was only up 86-79 even though they had played much better than Sacramento. The 4th quarter was back and forth and Marcus Thornton was key for the Kings as he helped keep the game close throughout, and like most teams when they play Denver, Sacramento was shooting above average from three.
Again, early foul trouble in the fourth allowed the Kings to hang around and keep it close through their FT shooting. Down the stretch though, the Kings started to show their real colors and Denver started to get stops and coasted to a 120-113 win. Ty Lawson finished with 24, Gallo had 23, and Faried finished with 19 and 12. The Nuggets dished out 30 assists tonight and shot 54% from the field. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 32 points and Isaiah Thomas had 23.
Overall, this was an expected victory but an important one on the road for Denver. The Nuggets now have won six in a row and the 3rd and 4th seed are still both realistic options for Denver as we enter into the final stretch of regular season NBA games.
Next up for the 40-22 Denver Nuggets, is a big time matchup vs. the LA Clippers on Thursday night back at the Pepsi Center.