Nikola Jokic scores 33 factors, Nuggets beat Kings, 121-111 – CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 121-111 on Friday night to end a two-game losing streak. Jokic scored 20 points for the seventh straight game when Denver received reinforcements from the health and safety protocols.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 7: Damian Jones # 30 of the Sacramento Kings defends Nikola Jokic # 15 of the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on January 7, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow / Getty Images)

Forwards Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji were activated from the COVID-19 list while Aaron Gordon and Bones played Hyland after being sent home from Thursday’s film session for non-COVID-19 illnesses. Green had 18 points, Hyland 13 and Gordon 10.

Denver manager Michael Malone stuck to health and safety logs and has missed four games in a row. Popeye Jones, in his first season as an assistant with the Nuggets, stands 2-2 while he serves as the deputy head coach.

De’Aaron Fox had 30 points for the Kings. You have lost three in a row and four out of five.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 07: Denver Nuggets’ # 11 Monte Morris drives past Sacramento Kings Davion Mitchell # 15 at Ball Arena on January 7, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow / Getty Images)

Denver used a 16-4 run in the first quarter to open a close game. The Kings reduced it to five, but the Nuggets went up by 20 with a Jokic 3 pointer late in the second.

Sacramento closed at half-time at 66-54 and opened the third with a 12-4 run to 70-66. Jokic took the lead, scoring nine points in a 1:28 to increase the lead to 87-72.

The king reduced the deficit to eight, but the nugget went into the fourth quarter with a 17-5 run to pull away.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 7: Aaron Gordon # 50 of the Denver Nuggets dunks against the Sacramento Kings at Ball Arena on January 7, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
(Photo by Jamie Schwaberow / Getty Images)

TIP-INS

Kings: F Richaun Holmes and C Chimezie Metu are still in the health and safety logs. Sacramento provided Neemias Queta, Jahmi’us Ramsey, and Robert Woodard II Friday night. … Terence Davis (ankle) was available after five games.

Nuggets: F. Petr Cornelie entered health and safety logs Friday morning. … F Vlatko Cancar was operated on Friday morning to repair a fracture in his fifth metatarsal. He suffered the injury in Dallas on Monday. … assistant coach Jordi Fernandez has returned from COVID-19 health and safety protocols. … Denver had a season high of 70 points in the paint.

NEXT

Kings: In Portland on Sunday night.
Nuggets: In Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

By MICHAEL KELLY The Associated Press

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