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Sunday, February 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Sacramento Kings (19-36) at Denver Nuggets (25-29), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets fell back into the loss column their
last time out and look to rebound Sunday versus the Sacramento Kings at the
The Nuggets are scheduled to play three straight and six of their next seven
games in the Mile High City and dropped a 117-89 decision at Chicago on
Friday. Randy Foye led the way with 23 points and Aaron Brooks added 17 off
the bench in his Denver debut. Brooks came over via trade with Houston.
"I got a little bit more confident toward the end," Brooks said. "You can tell
the team is a little rusty as far as me getting in there, but I think we'll
figure it out."
Denver starters Anthony Randolph, Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson and Wilson
Chandler combined for just 20 points.
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw wasn't pleased with the effort.
"As a coach and coaching staff, it's our job to try to find five players that
want to go out and play and want to have some pride and not decide night-to-
night that 'I'm going to play this game and I'm not going to play this game.'
I felt like tonight we had some guys that just decided they weren't going to
play tonight, they weren't going to put forth any effort to try to get the job
done. It's unfortunate."
The Nuggets ended a five-game slide with a win at Milwaukee on Thursday, but
fell back into the loss column. They are 14-12 at home this season.
Foye has been a bright spot lately for the floundering Nuggets and is
averaging 16.1 points in his last 22 games. The Nuggets could use Ty Lawson,
but he's still sidelined with a rib injury.
Sacramento has won two of three games since losing three straight and posted a
105-98 victory versus Boston Saturday night.
Rudy Gay led seven players in double digits with 22 points and Isaiah Thomas
followed with 21 points and 12 assists. DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points and
seven rebounds for Sacramento, which made 52.1 percent from the floor.
"We were poised down the stretch and that's really what sealed the game,"
Ben McLemore had 11 points, while Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams and Carl
Landry scored 10 apiece in the win.
The Kings have a 7-19 road record this season and are just 1-7 in the last
eight games away from California's capital. They have split two matchups with
Denver this season with both games played in Sacramento, but the Nuggets have
prevailed in 15 of the last 20 encounters.
Sacramento has dropped nine in a row, 11 of 12 and 15 of its last 18 trips to
the Pepsi Center.
02/23 10:27:26 ET