NBA Game Recap - Denver at Sacramento
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

CHI
98
NY
105
F
IND
94
DET
96
F
ORL
95
TOR
104
F
PHI
105
ATL
103
F
CLE
112
MIL
129
F
OKC
112
HOU
116
F
GS
134
NO
123
F
POR
110
SA
113
F
DEN
101
SAC
94
F
UTA
96
PHO
95
F
CHA
96
LAC
111
F

Denver 101, Sacramento 94

Oct 28, 2019, 10:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Denver (3-0)

21

26

30

24

101

Sacramento (0-4)

28

25

17

24

94

Nuggets remain undefeated with 101-94 win over Kings
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:53 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jamal Murray took the blame for another slow start by Denver's offense and quickly pointed out how well the Nuggets have been playing defensively.

"Our defense has been our anchor," Murray said. "It's been what's won us (games). Guys have to know we're a defensive team first. We can all score. We can all shoot. But defense is clearly how to win games."

Murray scored 14 points of his 18 points in the second half, including four in the final 31 seconds, Gary Harris added a pair of late free throws and the Nuggets held on after nearly blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter, beating the winless Sacramento Kings 101-94 on Monday night.

The Nuggets (3-0) shook off a sluggish first half when they shot 17 of 52, took control in the third quarter with a stifling defense that repeatedly forced Sacramento into contested shots from the perimeter, then held off a late rally by the Kings to remain unbeaten.

"I challenged our guys to be a lot more physical and make them feel us," Denver coach Mike Malone said. "We didn't change our game plan. We just changed how hard and how physical we were playing. This was another night our offense struggled, but some guys stepped up and made big plays down the stretch."

Harris scored 17 points as Denver won its fifth straight against Sacramento. Nikola Jokic had nine points on 4-for-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and Will Barton added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Denver led comfortably midway through the fourth quarter before Holmes scored five points as part of a 10-0 run that cut the Nuggets' lead to 90-88.

Holmes later scored on a soaring one-handed dunk that made it 95-92, before Murray's deep shot just inside the 3-point line. After Barnes scored on a putback, Harris and Murray each hit two free throws.

"I came out more aggressive," said Murray, who missed five of his first six shots. "That's something I have to change with myself from the jump. I can't just kind of be a part of the offense. I have to be aggressive and create for guys. That's what I did in the second half."

Richaun Holmes had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings (0-4). De'Aaron Fox added 20 points and nine assists, and Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica each scored 12.

First-year Sacramento coach Luke Walton felt his team made progress despite the loss, particularly defensively.

"That's what we have to be," Walton said. "That's why we stress, and there was a point made, becoming a team that comes on defense so that when we have off shooting nights we still have a chance to win. We really played a competitive game and we stuck together."

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver outscored Sacramento 30-17 in the third quarter. ... Murray and Barton were a combined 2 of 12 in the first half when Denver shot 32.7% from the floor.

Kings: The last time Sacramento started 0-4 was in 2008-09, when Reggie Theus was the coach. ... Trevor Ariza made three 3s in the first quarter. He went into the night 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. ... Holmes was called for a technical for taunting after dunking against Denver's Mason Plumlee. ... Marvin Bagley III missed his second consecutive game with a broken thumb. Harry Giles (left knee soreness) was also held out.

THIRD-QUARTER BLUES

The Kings have been outscored by 10 or more in the third quarter of every game so far this season. "I think it's still a focus thing," Holmes said. "We have to come in and just lock in, lock in to what we're doing and lock in fast."

QUOTABLE

"This was a mature win. They were hungry, they played with a lot of energy. And we matched that energy and we finished the deal." - Denver's Mason Plumlee.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Kings: Host Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

---

More AP MLB:�https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and�https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Leaders

Denver PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Murray 18 7 3 4 1 0
G. Harris 17 0 2 4 1 0
Sacramento PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Holmes 24 13 0 13 0 2
D. Fox 20 2 9 3 1 0

Team Comparison

DEN SAC
Points For 101 94
Field Goals 36/98-37% 36/91-40%
Three Pointers 10/36-28% 12/37-32%
Free Throws 19/21-90% 10/16-62%
Offensive Rebounds 19 15
Defensive Rebounds 35 33
Rebounds 70 55
Blocks 5 8
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 10 12
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 7
Points in the Paint 44 38
Fast Break Points 4 18
Personal Fouls 18 21
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - DEN Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Oct 28 DEN 101 @ SAC 94 T. Craig 2 C. Joseph 2

Game Information

Stadium: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 15,870
Game Time: 2:16