Kings let ‘dogs’ off the leash in huge win over Nuggets originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
For the umpteenth time in the duo’s two seasons together, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk did the heavy lifting late in the Kings’ 123-117 win over the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Saturday at Golden 1 Center.
The Kentucky duo, for the fourth consecutive game, combined to score 50-plus points (52) and each delivered clutch buckets down the stretch to help Sacramento stave off a ferocious Nuggets comeback effort.
Kings center JaVale McGee, who scored eight points and blocked three shots in the first quarter, provided an early spark off the bench that set the tone for the rest of the game. McGee, in speaking to NBC Sports California’s Kyle Draper, Morgan Ragan and Mike Bibby on “Kings Postgame Live,” perfectly summed up the Kings’ collective effort against the Nuggets.
“Damn right, we’ve got some real dogs in there and we’re barely holding onto the leash,” McGee said. “We’re ready to be let loose. When [Mike Brown] lets us loose, it’s damage out there.”
Those dogs, at least in the case of Fox and Monk, were let off the leash on Saturday night. The duo each scored 26 points, but it was a career-high 16 assists from Fox that stood out the most. Coincidentally, eight of those assists went to Monk, who turned them into 20 points.
The connection is strong and Fox doesn’t take his relationship with Monk for granted.
“It’s dope, man. Just being able to do it at the highest level,” Fox told reporters postgame. “From playing against each other (in) middle school, high school and playing on the same team in college and then being able to come back together in the NBA and actually have success, it’s fun. It’s definitely fun, just being able to be around each other every day whether it’s at home or on the road. You enjoy it, you really do enjoy it.”
The Kings led by as many as 17 points with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter but were unable to keep the Nuggets away. Denver chipped away and trailed by one basket with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter until a Kevin Huerter 3-pointer sealed Denver’s fate and gave the Kings…
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Publish date : 2023-12-03 07:02:12
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