Nuggets beat Sacramento, 128-117

By George Devine, Sr.

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay have made a big difference for the Kings this season. On this occasion their absence made a difference since neither played. But even with that, Sacramento came closer than expected in a 128-117 loss to Denver at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings led in a close first period, 31-30, but the Nuggets moved ahead in the second, 35-28. The home team retained the advantage in the third, 34-30, but Ty Lawson broke up the party with 12 points in the quarter, and Sacramento lost it in the final frame, 30-24. High scorer for the Kings was Isaiah Thomas who scored 22 points, adding 5 rebounds and 8 assists. He was followed by Marcus Thornton with 19 points, Do McLemore with 18 and Jason Thompson who had 13 points and 10 boards.

For Denver, Ty Lawson scored 27 points and had 3 rebounds with 6 assists. Wilson Chandler had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists; Randy Foye and Nate Robinson scored a dozen points apiece.

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