Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari scored 23 for the Denver Nuggets as they won their sixth consecutive game, defeating the Sacramento...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari scored 23 for the Denver Nuggets as they won their sixth consecutive game, defeating the Sacramento Kings 120-113 on Tuesday night.
The deep and talented Nuggets used a 36-point third quarter to build a lead against the Kings that they never relinquished in winning their season-best third straight road game. They scored 70 second-half points when they shot 64.3 percent.
“You can’t play every half and every quarter great. I thought the way we started defensively early in the third quarter was the key,” Nuggets coach George Karl said.
Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Miller scored 16 and Kosta Koufos had 15 points and eight rebounds for Denver.
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Marcus Thornton continued his torrid scoring of late, making five three-pointers and getting 32 points for the Kings.
Former Washington Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and had eight assists.
Kings leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins missed 11 of 12 shots and was scoreless in the first half. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
NUGGETS 120, KINGS 113
Percentages: FG .541, FT .625. Three-point goals: 8-16, .500 (Gallinari 5-6, Lawson 2-6, Iguodala 1-3, Chandler 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 12 (16 PTS). Blocked shots: 6 (McGee 4, Faried, Koufos). Turnovers: 12 (Iguodala 3, Lawson 3, McGee 2, Faried, Gallinari, Koufos, A.Miller). Steals: 12 (Iguodala 5, Chandler 3, Brewer 2, Faried, Lawson).
Percentages: FG .459, FT .821. Three-point goals: 12-31, .387 (Thornton 5-11, Thomas 3-6, Salmons 3-7, Evans 1-4, Cousins 0-1, Fredette 0-1, Patterson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 18 (19 PTS). Blocked shots: 7 (Cousins 5, Salmons, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Cousins 3, Johnson 3, Evans 2, Salmons 2, Thomas 2, Thompson 2, Hayes, Patterson, Thornton). Steals: 5 (Fredette 2, Hayes, Thomas, Thompson).
|Denver||24||26||36||34 — 120|
|Sacramento||22||28||29||34 — 113|
Attendance: 11,923 (17,317). Time: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, JT Orr, Leon Wood.