Kings drop fifth straight with road loss to Nuggets 108-96

March 6, 2017

NBA, Sacramento Kings

Denver forward Wilson Chandler, back, brings the ball up the court as Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein drops back to defend in the first half on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Denver. David Zalubowski The Associated Press

By: Eric He

As the Sacramento Kings adjust to life without DeMarcus Cousins, they’re finding quickly that it includes more losses. Sacramento suffered its fifth straight defeat on Monday in a 108-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets with the win now move into a four game lead over the Kings for the last and final spot for the playoffs in the Western Conference, “At this point, everybody’s on the same page,” center Willie Cauley-Stein told the Sacramento Bee on Monday night. “We’re trying to win. We’re trying to get to the eighth spot just for the story. It’s going to help guys’ whole outcome of their game if we can continue to make strides and win.”

Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 36 points to pace the Nuggets, shooting 13-of-23 from the field and grabbing 12 rebounds as well. Chandler got off to a hot start with a 16-point first quarter to help Denver end its five-game losing skid. “It’s the toughest thing in the world,” Kings guard Ty Lawson said. “To come here on a back-to-back, especially. Mile high, your legs are heavy. My legs were heavy before the game, so it’s tough. We’ve just got to keep working.”

The Nuggets pulled away in the third quarter when they outscored the Kings 33-23. Denver led 90-73 after three, and was up by as many as 21 points early in the fourth. The Kings were able to cut into the lead as Denver struggled shooting the ball, pulling with nine points late in the game.

Still, Denver, fighting for a playoff spot, pulled off the win.

The Kings had seven players finish in double figures, with Darren Collison’s 17 points leading the way. Kosta Koufus added 14 points and Buddy Hield had 14 off the bench.

Sacramento’s quest to end its losing streak won’t come easy; the Kings play the Spurs on the road on Wednesday.

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