December 16, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Anthony Randolph (15) dunks the ball against Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes (42) and power forward Thomas Robinson (0, right) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Kings 122-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Hard to Watch In Big Loss To Nuggets


The Sacramento Kings lost big at home tonight as nothing they did seemed to have any effect. The Kings came out flat, and shot the ball horribly, failing to shoot over 35 percent and failing to record more than 13 assists.

Jason Thompson was the only King to have an effective outing as he recorded a triple double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Demarcus Cousins had a double double, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The rest of the Kings were mostly ineffective, as this was potentially the worst game this season.

The difference in energy, leadership and overall game knowledge was clear Sunday as the Denver Nuggets rolled over the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento was outscored by 9 or more points in each of the first quarters, losing 122-97. The Denver Nuggets had 13 dunks on the Kings, but made it seem as though they had a clinic on how to break down interior defense.

The Denver Nuggets had six players in double digits, and had 27 assists. They out rebounded the Kings 52-42. The only area the Nuggets didn’t seem to dominate tonights game was in turnovers, 10-11. Andre Iguodala had 8 assists and Ty Lawson had 7, leading the Nuggets efficient offense tonight.

Tyreke Evans left the game late in the first quarter, saying his knee was giving him too much trouble to continue the game. Evans knee problems have begun to raise speculation as to his uncertain future. Is he throwing the towel, or has he been playing hurt? Either way,m he hasnt been playing, and his absence has had a major negative effect on the team.

The Kings have several big questions facing them, and must look to each other for the answers. Sacramento flies to Phoenix tonight as they will need to find a way to forget tonight’s lopsided defeat. The team must ask themselves what it takes to win, and what it will take to come together as a team.

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