SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Harrison Barnes had 28 points and 7 rebounds to relief offset a profession-excessive 50 points by Denver’s Nikola Jokic, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Nuggets 119-114 on Saturday to total a season sweep.
Barnes made 5 3-pointers, shot 10 of 16 general and scored 13 points within the third quarter. Barnes also made a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds final.
The Kings beget won six of seven after opening the season 5-10.
“It’s laborious work and have confidence that has led us to a turnaround,” coach Luke Walton stated. “The community’s persevered to keep in mind in every other, keep in mind in what we’re building. There’s lawful a self belief with the community and we’re giving ourselves probabilities.”
Sacramento had four gamers with 21 points or extra and rode Hassan Whiteside’s first double-double of the season to the deem.
The Kings wanted it on a day Jokic had one other monster sport.
“I became lawful with out a doubt locked in,” stated Jokic, who had matched his outdated profession excessive of 47 in opposition to Utah on Jan. 31. “We had a couple young guys within the game. I attempted to relief them a small bit bit. I don’t know if I did a first rate job or not. Within the last quarter I became extra or much less aggressive.”
Jokic lawful missed adding to his franchise train of 46 triple-doubles. The immense man had 12 assists and eight rebounds and scored 23 points within the fourth quarter. Then again it wasn’t ample for the Nuggets, who lost their third straight.
“Extra impressive than the 50 points, the 12 assists and the eight rebounds became his come, his mindset, his management,” Denver coach Michael Malone stated. “He knew we were undermanned. He understood how basic this sport became. Nikola goes out and does his job. He doesn’t care. We lost the game, that’s all he’s going to care about.”
It became one other sophisticated blow for Denver.
Two nights after being restricted to 35 points within the 2d half of after they wasted a double-digit lead and lost to the Lakers, the Nuggets caught shut within the first half of earlier than fading over the previous 10 minutes.
“We’re not available lawful attempting to let guys rating. We lawful need a small bit extra a couple of effort,” stated Monte Morris, who started rather then Jamal Murray. “First half of the protection wasn’t too unfavorable. 2nd half of it extra or much less obtained a ways flung from us.”
Jokic made a 3-pointer to lower Sacramento’s lead to 112-107 nonetheless De’Aaron Fox replied with a layup to relief the Kings support on.
The Nuggets fell to 12-10. Three of the losses beget come in opposition to the Kings.
Sacramento first-round draft bewitch Tyrese Haliburton scored a season-excessive 23 points. Whiteside added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Richaun Holmes had 21 points for the Kings.
Paul Millsap added 14 points for Denver.
Barnes scored seven straight points midway thru the 2d quarter, and Haliburton made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds final to set the Kings forward 53-52 at halftime.
“Correct our tempo, being in a site to get dangle of out and flee,” Barnes stated. “Obviously they are a expansive offensive personnel, extraordinarily properly coached. For us, making sure our offense is sett up properly to defend (is wanted).”
HIELD’S 3-POINT STREAK ENDS
Buddy Hield’s plug of consecutive video games with a minimum of one 3-pointer ended at 87 after the Kings guard went 0 for 9 previous the arc. Hield’s plug became the longest energetic within the NBA. Walton became mute impressed with Hield’s efficiency, which incorporated seven assists and zero turnovers.
“For us to be a first rate personnel now we want to get dangle of ways to relief us deem when our photos aren’t going,” Walton stated. “His shot became off tonight, so what did he variety? He became selfless and he chanced on alternative routes to relief the personnel deem. That’s a expansive ticket.”
Nuggets: Jokic had six assists within the first quarter. As a personnel, Denver had 16 assists within the first half of after having 19 total in opposition to the Lakers on Thursday. … Murray (left knee) didn’t play for the 2d time this season. Gary Harris (left adductor stress) and Facundo Campazzo (just true knee soreness) were also held out. Harris hasn’t performed since a Jan. 31 deem in opposition to Utah.
Kings: Whiteside left the game with 6: 40 left within the fourth quarter after it seemed he obtained poked within the peek.
Nuggets: Initiate a four-sport homestand in opposition to the Bucks on Monday.
Kings: Search suggestion from the Clippers on Sunday. Los Angeles has won both video games this season, though Sacramento swept a pair of video games at Staples Center last season.
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