Kings vs Nuggets Recap: NBA Dec. 28/22

Kings vs Nuggets recap for Wednesday, Dec. 28/22. The Nuggets (now 22-12 this season) lost to the Kings, who are now 18-15.

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The Sacramento Kings, a team trying to end a long streak of missing the playoffs this season, hosted the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The Kings, behind a strong performance from Domantas Sabonis, won the game in a contest that was close as time expired. They put up a one-possession margin of victory in the showdown, winning by 1 point. The final score was Denver 126, and Sacramento 127.

Nuggets @ Kings Wednesday: Nikol Jokic scores 40

With the loss, the Nuggets are now 22-12 overall on the season. They had the top scorer in the game despite losing, Nikola Jokic. He had a very impressive 40 points in the contest over just 32 minutes of playing time.

Denver Nuggets: #4 Ranked Team at a Glance

  • Overall record: 22-12
  • Home record: 12-3
  • Away record: 10-9
  • Winning/losing streak: L1
  • Last ten games: 8-2

Meanwhile, the Kings improved to 18-15 with the 1-point victory. They entered the day with some question marks over Sabonis, a player who recently injured his thumb.

He missed their previous game, which resulted in a loss. With just the one-point spread against Denver, assumingly the Kings would have lost if not for his strong performance. He went 31 and 10 for points and rebounds respectively. De’Aaron Fox also had a great game with 31 points and 13 assists. Meanwhile, the Kings’ leading scorer was Malik Monk off of the bench with 33 points.

A big subplot with this NBA season is: Will Sacramento finally end its playoff drought? Their last appearance in the postseason came in 2005/06, a sixteen-season drought. There are very few players in the NBA that were in the league the last time Sacramento contested a playoff game. They will certainly need Sabonis and Fox to stay healthy in order to end the drought. Sacramento’s next game is Friday night when they host the Utah Jazz.

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