Kenneth Faried put up his 11th double-double this season, scoring 15 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Denver Nuggets defeat the Sacramento Kings, 125-117. The Nuggets were on fire, finishing 42-81 (51.9%) from the field and 31-40 (77.5%) at the free throw line. This is the second win in as many games for Denver (22-21) after beating Indiana on Saturday.
Faried shot 7-12 from the field. Denver also got solid performances from Ty Lawson with 27 points and 6 assists, and Nate Robinson with 12 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points for Sacramento on 7-21 shooting (1-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-8 from the free throw line. He also tallied 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Jason Thompson contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Williams finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The Nuggets recorded a FTA rate of 49.4 to go alongside their 58.0% eFG%. They are undefeated (3-0) on the season when eclipsing 35.0 and 55% in those respective offensive factors. The Kings, however, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to reach those thresholds.
Sacramento (15-28) has now lost three consecutive games.
Coming up, the Nuggets battle the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 19-27 on the season. The Kings match up with the Utah Jazz, currently sitting at 15-29 this year. The Kings have a 1-1 record against Utah this season.