Player of the game: Kenneth Faried scored 30 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Nuggets handed the Kings their third consecutive loss.
Turning point: The Nuggets outscored the Kings 22-11 to start the third quarter. In the second quarter, the injury-depleted Kings closed a 14-point deficit and briefly led but couldn’t keep pace.
Key stat: Thanks to plenty of good looks, the Nuggets scored 68 points in the paint.
X-factor: Faried, who isn’t relied upon for scoring, made 12 of 14 shots. He had 19 first-quarter points.
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Records: Kings 27-53; Nuggets 30-50
Injury update: Besides the four Kings out for the season, Reggie Evans was listed on the injury report as having a sprained thumb. He dressed but did not play.
Up next: vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, 7 p.m., CSNCA