Thomas, Gay push Kings past Nuggets 109-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — This time, the Sacramento Kings enjoyed their trip to Denver.

Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, Rudy Gay had 32 and the Kings used 39 third-quarter points to race past the Nuggets 109-95 on Sunday night.

DeMarcus Cousins added 27 points for the Kings, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. It was Sacramento's first win in Denver since a 118-115 victory on April 5, 2008. The Kings have won three of their last four games overall, including both ends of a back-to-back.

"The third quarter kind of dictated the game," Thomas said. "We were getting stops and we got out and ran. That's when we're at our best, when we're in transition. We were in attack mode. Rudy started it off, DeMarcus got easy buckets and I just got what they gave me. I was making open shots. We played a helluva third quarter."

Randy Foye and Evan Fournier each scored 27 points for the slumping Nuggets, who lost for the seventh time in the last eight games. The Nuggets fell to 1-5 without leading scorer Ty Lawson, who missed a sixth game because of a fractured left rib.

"We basically controlled the whole first half, did what we wanted to do, and then we came out and gave up 39 points in the third quarter. That's unacceptable," Foye said after Denver managed just 18 points in the third.

"It's tough, man. But we've got to stay together, we've got to keep fighting and keep believing; don't give in. That's the main thing. Everybody goes through times like this during the season. It's important for us to continue to fight, to keep pushing."

Down 58-51 after Foye hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third, the Kings responded with a 21-2 run that put them in front 72-60 with 4:55 left in the period.

Gay scored nine points in the decisive stretch, including consecutive three-point plays. Cousins hit a couple of jumpers and Thomas twice connected from 3-point range, with Kenneth Faried's mid-range jumper accounting for Denver's only points during Sacramento's surge.



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