The Sacramento Kings just couldn’t keep up with the Denver Nuggets tonight losing 120-113. The Nuggets looked like a fifth seeded playoff team, coming into Sleep Train Arena and simply outplaying the Kings from the first whistle to the minute seconds of the game.
The Kings had trouble defending the Nuggets, who seemed like they were almost too much for the Kings to handle. The Kings had problems guarding starters Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson as they combined for 47 points. Gallinari was 4 of 5 from the three point arc.
The Kings had major problems with Andre Miller who seemed to give the Kings defensive problems all night. The veteran Miller looked like he was ten years younger and took everything the Kings gave him on his way to 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Miller also added 7 assists off the bench.
Marcus Thornton was the only bright spot scoring 32 points in 34 minutes. Thornton added 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had a good game scoring 23 points, and dishing out 8 assists. He unfortunately also had 2 turnovers, and had problems slowing down Ty Lawson and Andre Miller.
Th Nuggets controlled the pace throughout the game with 30 assists and 12 steals. The Kings will need to find each other as a team, and cannot rely on any single player to pass the ball. The Warriors are fighting to keep their playoff spot, and will be in a must win situation tomorrow. The Kings will need to play a much better all around game tomorrow if they hope to win in Oakland.