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Game: Denver at Sacramento Kings (01/11/05)
result.gif (1312 bytes) Nuggets lose: 100-109

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Nuggets suffer fifth straight loss

Facing an undermanned Sacramento Kings squad, the Nuggets were unable to get a victory, as they lost their fifth straight for the season and their 17th straight at Sacramento.

The Nuggets jumped out to an early lead in the first, but surrendered it midway through the first, as the Kings never looked back. The Nuggets tried to make a comeback in the second quarter, but the play of rookie shooting guard Kevin Martin, who scored 11 of his career high 17 points in the second. The Nuggets made a little run to end the half being down only 56-52 going into halftime.

In the third quarter the Nuggets had eight turnovers, many of which were unforced errors, with the players trying to make the fancy no-look pass instead of the easy or right pass. The Nuggets did make a run in the fourth, but after Earl Boykins missed a three, Peja Stojakovic answered Boykins miss with an open three to end the Nuggets hope of a comeback.

The Kings played without Chris Webber and Bobby Jackson due to injuries and newly-acquired Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley-both recently traded to the Kings for Doug Christie. The play of Martin, Maurice Evans and Darius Songaila helped replace these players. Evans scored 14 points and Songaila chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, before he fouled out.

Stojakovic led the Kings with 27 points, as he hit three three-pointers. Mike Bibby helped out with 18 points and seven assists.

The Nuggets were led by Kenyon Martin, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. Andre Miller had his third double-double with 16 points and 11 assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points, as he again struggled shooting, making 4-14 from the field and missing all four of his threes. Buckner played his first game, after missing five straight games with a groin injury, scored 14 points.

The Nuggets played well through this game and could have won this game, but made to many mental errors. They had 17 turnovers and 30 fouls, as the Kings attempted 41 free throws. Hopefully the Nuggets come out with the same energy tomorrow against the Lakers.

Game Summary written by: jmaness

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