• Offensive rebounds and second chance points were the deciding factor for the Nuggets 96-79 win over the Kings.

    Dave Joerger looked all the way down his bench for an answer to the lack of energy, but found none as the altitude was too much for the jet lagged Kings who dropped their second game of the season.

    Frank Mason, Malachi Richardson and Jakarr Sampson got some minutes as Joerger went deep into his bench, but it was too little, too late.

    Mason and Sampson both scored their first buckets of the year; Mason’s on a basket in the paint and Sampson on an emphatic put back dunk.

    Mason finished the game with seven points in 17 minutes of action, but shot just 2-of-9.

    The Kings were out-rebounded, out-hustled and possibly out-lucked as some bounces didn’t go for Sacramento the way they did for Denver.

    De’Aaron Fox had himself another solid outing as he finished with 18 points on 8-of-13¬†shooting. Fox was able to a provide spark for the Kings each time he entered the game, but still finished with a +/- of minus-six. Fox was one of only three Kings players to finish in double digits. The others being Skal Labissiere with 13 points and Zach Randolph with 11.

    Aside from Randolph, no other starter for the Kings had more than five points as the starting unit shot a combined 10-of-38.

    Additionally, Labissiere was the only King to finish with a positive +/- of plus-five.

    Buddy Hield went just 1-of-10 for the Kings, but it wasn’t just Hield that struggled, as the Kings went through multiple droughts that cost them.

    The Kings shot just 37 percent from the field and had just 15 assists, along with 14 turnovers.

    A deciding factor in the contest was the battle in the paint. The Nuggets out-rebounded the Kings 58-to-39 and scored 52 points in the paint, as opposed to 36 for Sacramento.

    The Nuggets finished with just six more offensive rebounds than the Kings, but with each second chance, the Kings’ hopes became a little more bleak.

    While the Nuggets did have three more turnovers than the Kings, Sacramento wasn’t able to make them pay as they were outscored in points off turnovers 19-to-13.

    The Kings never found a rhythm and after holding the lead to end the first quarter, the Kings were outscored 79-to-61 for the remainder of the game.

    Joerger attempted to stifle the Nuggets with different lineups, even running with Fox, Mason and George Hill all on the floor at the same time at one point, but the Nuggets kept them at bay for all of the second half.

    Sacramento wraps up their three-game road trip in Phoenix against the Suns on Monday before heading home for a Thursday match-up against DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

    De’Aaron Fox – 18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST (8-of-13 FG).

    Skal Labissiere –¬†13 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST (6-of-12 FG).

    Zach Randolph – 11 PTS, 9 REB (5-of-13 FG).

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    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Norvell looked great tonight, shooting without hesitation and scoring efficiently. It's still difficult to envision him playing consistent and meaningful minutes, but performances like tonight can't hurt.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

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    PG, Golden State Warriors

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  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

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  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

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  • Jerami Grant
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