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The Kings pull a game out of the fire and beat the Nuggets in OT 100-97

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December 02, 2019 - 11:18 am
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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

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The Sacramento Kings came out on Saturday afternoon versus the Denver Nuggets like they were still under the influence of tryptophan. The Kings fell behind 27-17 in the first quarter while shooting just 35.3% (6-for-17) from the field. SAC went 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point line. The Nuggets Gary Harris put up 18 points in the first 12 minutes of the game. The capacity crowd fell silent quickly.

It didn’t get better for the Kings in the 2nd Quarter

The Nuggets sensed the Kings were not on their game and started pushing to bury their opponent before halftime. Denver shot 61.1% (11-for-18) from the floor the in the 2nd period. The Nuggets hit 6 of 7 (85.7%) from 3-point land. They built up 17-point lead over the Kings by halftime.

At the half, the Nuggets held a 57-40 lead over the Kings and frankly, no one in the Golden 1 Center thought Sacramento was going to win the game. Denver looked too hot and 17 points looked like too big of a deficit to overcome the way Sacramento was shooting.

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 The 3rd Quarter turnaround

A different Kings team hit the floor after halftime. They were no longer playing with a “turkey hangover”. SAC started playing the energy that we have come to expect from this team.

The Kings – led by the play of veteran forward Harrison Barnes – picked up the pace on offense and started playing serious defense. The home team scored 27 points while holding the visitors to just 18. Barnes led the scoring with 12 points.

When the quarter ended, the Nuggets lead had been cut to just eight points – 75 to 67.

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Fourth Quarter battle

The Kings picked up in the final period where they left off in the 3rd quarter. SAC shot 40.0% (10-for-25) from the field and hit 3 of 12 three-point attempts. The SAC defense held Denver to just 5-for-19 (26.3%) shooting and kept the Nuggets from hitting a 3-pointer in final 12 minutes of regulation.

The Kings outscored the Nuggets 23-15 in the 4th quarter. When the final buzzer sounded, the score was tied 90 all.

Buddy Hield - who had struggled shooting the entire game – hit two key 3-point buckets and a 2-point field goal late in the quarter to keep his team in the contest.

Overtime

The Kings outscored the Nuggets 10-7 in the five minutes of overtime to win the game 100-97. Only two Kings scored in OT, Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield.

Barnes went 2-for-3 from the field and converted 2 of 2 opportunities from the free throw line. Hield hit 1 of 2 field goal attempts and went a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. The Kings perfection at the free throw line made the difference in OT.

Spotlight on the Kings (8-10)

Harrison Barnes led the Kings with a 30-point game. In his postgame comments, Luke Walton talked about how he depends on his veteran forward to be a calming influence on his team. Barnes has really been asserting his influence on the team in the past five games.

  • Richaun Holmes recorded another double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Holmes has become a real force on the floor for the Kings.

  • Buddy Hield may have struggled shooting but ended up 21 points in the book.
  • Nemanja Bjelica also had a double-double game with 10 points and 12 rebounds including six rebounds on offense.

Focus on the Nuggets (13-4)

Gary Harris led the Nuggets scoring attack with 25 points but 20 of those point came in the first half.

  • Jamal Murray scored 15 points.
  • Will Barton posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Nikola Jokic had a quiet night on offense scoring seven points and hauling in 10 rebounds.

Up next

The Kings return to action on Monday night when they host the Chicago Bulls at the Golden 1 Center.

The Nuggets returned to Denver where they will face the Lakers on Tuesday night.

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