Nuggets stay hot in win over Kings

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Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) fouls Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) on the shot during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. THe Denver Nuggets defeated the Sacramento Kings 120-113. PHOTO: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

SACRAMENTO, CA - Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 23 points in the Denver Nuggets' sixth straight win, a 120-113 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.

Kenneth Faried finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which has won eight in a row against Sacramento.

Marcus Thornton nailed five 3-pointers en route to 32 points for the Kings, who have dropped eight of their last 10 comments.

The game was knotted at 50-50 at the break, but Denver tallied 70 second-half points to notch the victory, which included a 36-point third quarter.

Denver began the third on an 11-2 run to seize control of the tilt. Gallinari sunk a trey and Kosta Koufos capped the burst with a jumper for a 61-52 Nuggets margin with 8:57 left in the period.

The visitors took an 86-79 cushion into the fourth, but a John Salmons triple and two Patrick Patterson free throws pulled the Kings within 101-97 midway through the frame.

Denver quickly answered with two Andre Miller layups before Lawson split a pair from the line to extend the margin back to 106-97 and Sacramento never threatened again.

Game Notes

The Nuggets held a 60-44 points in the paint advantage and a 22-13 edge in fast break points ... Koufos registered 15 points and eight boards ... Denver was 8-of-16 from beyond the arc.


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