It's not an easy task for any team to play in the Mile High City of Denver. The Denver Nuggets were 16-3 at home and the Sacramento Kings would have to play them at the beginning of their six-game road trip on Saturday night.
On the second of back-to-back games, bad passes hurt the Kings early and the Nuggets capitalized for six points off the Kings five turnovers. Trailing by as much as 20 points, the Kings' bench helped cut into the deficit, down 39-25 at the end of the first quarter.
It was the same story in the second quarter when the Kings couldn't stop the Nuggets on the fast break and trailed 71-49 at the half. The Nuggets kept the attack going and led by as much as 35 points in the game as the Kings fell 121-93.
Thomas Robinson notched a double-double for the Kings (16-29) with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds and Aaron Brooks added a team-high 16 points off the bench. Tyreke Evans scored 15 points.
The Nuggets (27-18) had a great performance from their backcourt of Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala. Lawson had 26 points to go with six assists and Iguodala scored 20 points.
Kings coach Keith Smart tried to go with his best group of players on the floor, but he said nothing was there to stop Denver:
We just didn't have anything. There was nothing to our game. We couldn't get back on defense and I thought the bench would come in and maybe close it down a little bit to get it where it's a manageable number and we weren't able to do that.
The Kings will continue their six-game road trip against the Washington Wizards on Monday at 4:00 p.m. PST.