The Sacramento Kings were overpowered by the Denver Nuggets today as they lost by a score of 130-104.
The Kings were solid to begin the game. Their offense was clicking as the team collectively made 48% of their shots while recording seven assists for the quarter. But the Nuggets showed that their offense was on another level. Behind the play of Nikola Jokic, Denver was able to dissect Sacramento’s defense and get easy scores at will, and as a result, the period ended with the Nuggets leading 32-25.
The second quarter was pretty much a replica of the first. Both team’s offenses were good, but Denver was clearly the more efficient team. For the period, the Nuggets scored 34 points and shot 53% from the floor while the Kings scored 24 points and shot 33%. As a result, the Nuggets controlled a comfortable 66-49 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter became a dumpster fire for the Kings. Nothing went right for the guys wearing black as their offense was stagnant and their defense remained to get cut apart by the Nuggets. After a brutal 12 minutes of play, the Kings found themselves trailing 101-68.
Sacramento pretty much threw the white flag in the fourth as Dave Joerger opted to play his young guys (and Garrett Temple) the rest of the way, including Bruno Caboclo who appeared for 13 minutes. The Kings were able to outscore the Nuggets 36-29 in the quarter, but obviously, it was not enough for them to complete an epic comeback.
Today was not a good day for the Sacramento Kings, and that is putting it gently. The team was completely outplayed by the Nuggets and the young guys for Sacramento overall underperformed.
Hopefully, the Kings can erase this game from their heads as they will have to hop on a plane right away to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night.