George Karl didn't sound like the coach of a Denver team on a streak not seen in 43 years. He sounded like a coach ready to shake things...
DENVER — George Karl didn’t sound like the coach of a Denver team on a streak not seen in 43 years. He sounded like a coach ready to shake things up in the final weeks before the playoffs.
Moments after his Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Saturday night for their 15th straight win, Karl was lamenting his players’ second straight lackluster performance.
“What I’ve been telling the team, telling them for three days, the next (11) games I don’t want to hear about rest, I don’t want to hear we’re tired, I want our attitude to be the best basketball we’ve played all year,” he said.
The Nuggets tied the franchise record for consecutive wins, which was set by the Denver Rockets in the 1969-70 ABA season.
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Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 19 points. Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds.
And they did it while Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (shoulder) were out with injuries.
“I’m glad we don’t have to play them again,” said DeMarcus Cousins, who led the Kings with 24 points and 15 rebounds. “They are definitely one of the top teams. They never stop. They run sets that take you out of what you’re trying to do offensively and defensively. Really, really good.”
Percentages: FG .453, FT .529. Three-point goals: 8-28, .286 (Salmons 4-8, Thomas 2-8, Patterson 1-1, Outlaw 1-2, Douglas 0-1, Evans 0-1, Fredette 0-2, Thornton 0-5). Team rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 14 (14 PTS). Blocked shots: 10 (Cousins 5, Aldrich, Outlaw, Salmons, Thompson, Thornton). Turnovers: 14 (Cousins 6, Thomas 2, Thornton 2, Douglas, Evans, Patterson, Salmons). Steals: 5 (Outlaw, Patterson, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .435, FT .719. Three-point goals: 4-14, .286 (Gallinari 2-5, Iguodala 2-5, A.Miller 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Brewer 0-2). Team rebounds: 20. Team turnovers: 17 (22 PTS). Blocked shots: 7 (Brewer 2, Faried 2, McGee 2, Koufos). Turnovers: 15 (Brewer 4, Iguodala 3, McGee 3, A.Miller 2, Faried, Gallinari, Koufos). Steals: 8 (Brewer 3, Gallinari 3, Iguodala 2). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 1:59 second.
|Sacramento||17||23||31||24 — 95|
|Denver||27||23||20||31 — 101|
Attendance: 19,155 (19,155). Time: 2:16. Officials: Tom Washington, Eric Lewis, Tre Maddox.