The Denver Nuggets had their way with the Sacramento Kings. There’s no other way to describe the lopsided game that featured a team starting to find itself and a team that would be unsure of it’s location in the next year.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the Kings. They’re in a city that loves them, and they have some of the greatest fans in basketball, and still, they’re most likely headed to Seattle for the next season. It’s a tough position, especially for Denver, a small market team, to revel in the victory over another small market in turmoil.
Semantics aside, this game was over from the tipoff. The Nuggets scored an incredible 71 points in the first half to dismantle the road-weary Kings on their second night of a back to back. The Nuggets had this game so far in hand that even seldom used Anthony Randolph was able to cash in on 4 points and 7 rebounds for the night.
All in all though, it was an incredible performance by Ty Lawson. The Nuggets’ smallest member recorded 26 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in a night where he took control of the game. For Nuggets faithful, it was a night that most know Lawson is capable of. The aggression, the confidence and the tenacity through three quarters of the game were an example of the p0int guard that Denver needs to have in order to make serious noise in the playoffs.
The Nuggets got off to a hot start, and their starters were surprisingly effective from beyond the arch going 12-17 on the night. Andre Igoudala added 20 points and 7 rebounds for a Nuggets team that found production from every position and made the Kings look like a whole team full of rookies. Holding Demarcus Cousins to 3 points on 1-6 shooting for the night was one of the many telltale signs that the Nuggets, in spite of playing a reeling team, stepped up and showed effort against squads that they should beat. Dont’ get me wrong, this win won’t make Nuggets faithful forget about losses to the Timberwolves and the lowly Wizards, but it’s a step toward proving that the Nuggets not only belong, but can also play consistently as they should. After taking the first game of a significant homestand, let’s hope the Nuggets can make like Old School and go streaking into February.