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.”

SACRAMENTO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Salmons 36:14 7-12 0-0 0-3 2 3 18
Thompson 26:03 3-11 0-0 2-4 0 4 6
Cousins 35:59 10-16 4-8 3-15 3 5 24
Thomas 32:48 3-12 2-3 1-1 9 4 10
Evans 23:14 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 4
Thornton 31:05 4-13 2-2 1-2 1 0 10
Aldrich 11:10 1-1 0-2 1-4 1 2 2
Outlaw 8:07 3-6 1-2 0-0 0 2 8
Patterson 20:08 3-4 0-0 2-4 2 4 7
Fredette 10:20 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 6
Douglas 4:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 0
Totals 39-86 9-17 10-36 24 26 95

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.

DENVER fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Gallinari 36:22 5-12 7-9 1-8 4 1 19
Faried 37:56 7-12 3-4 1-9 2 4 17
Koufos 26:18 5-8 3-4 1-9 1 4 13
AMiller 33:44 4-12 3-3 1-3 5 3 11
Iguodala 37:02 5-16 3-4 2-5 8 1 15
McGee 13:06 5-8 1-2 3-3 0 2 11
Stone 14:16 1-1 3-4 0-1 1 0 5
Brewer 25:35 1-8 0-0 1-2 4 2 2
Randolph 15:41 4-8 0-2 3-6 0 2 8
Totals 37-85 23-32 13-46 25 19 101

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.