Before tonight, the Kings have beat the Nuggets FIVE straight times going back to last season. We were able to change that tonight as we topped Sacramento here at home in the Pepsi Center, getting the W in a MUST WIN game.
Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets and all scorers with 36 points,a new career high, along with 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Danilo Gallinari was the Nuggets’ second leading scorer with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. If you missed it, Gallo channeled his inner Joker with a beautiful no-look pass.
With Nikola Jokic out tonight due to illness, Mason Plumlee got the start at the five and he did not disappoint. Plumlee got a double-double as he put up 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 beautiful assists. No complaints about that stat line, right?
Four of the five starters for the Nuggets finished in double digits, Jameer Nelson being the exception with 6 points, 1 rebound, and 6 assists.
Throughout the entire game, the Nuggets did not trail once. They led the Kings 25-24 in the first before continuing to hold the Kings through the second, outscoring them 32-26. Denver held the Kings to 50 points in the first half, leading them 57-50 going into the half. In the third, the Nuggets were able to continue to hold the Kings as they, once again,outscored them 33-23. In the fourth, the Kings attempted to rally, and even outscored Denver 23-18, but that wasn’t enough as the Nuggets topped Sacramento 108-96.
“We were able to play our game plan and do it for a full 48 minutes.” -Gallo following tonight’s win
The Nuggets played incredible defense tonight and that was a huge key in this victory over Sacramento. It’s said time and time again, but if the Nuggets play solid defense, combined with our killer offense, we can be unstoppable and that could help us fully secure the eighth and final seed in the West, especially with only 19 games left in the regular season.
Following tonights win (and Portland’s rescheduled game), the Nuggets move two full games up on Portland and two and a half ahead of Dallas.
FG%: 49.3% 43.4%
3PT%: 43.3% 37.5%
FT: 75% 85.7%
Rebounds: 41 40
Steals: 11 9
Turnovers: 19 16
Points in Paint: 34 44
Fast Break Points: 11 12
We will host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.