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Murray gets 17 in 4th quarter to lift Nuggets over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) After watching the Sacramento Kings run off 66 first-half points, the Denver Nuggets focused on defense in the second half and let Jamal Murray take care of the rest.

Murray scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets beat the Kings 117-113 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

''Before halftime, they were getting everything they wanted, on transition, on the glass, and we turned the ball over. All the things we prioritized before the game, we didn't do in that first half,'' Denver coach Michael Malone said. ''But love the effort to start that third quarter ... and get right back into the game. Then, obviously, Jamal went into the phone booth and came out like Superman in the second half.''

Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Nuggets maintained their lead atop the Western Conference by winning for the eighth time in 10 games.

Mason Plumlee added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which outrebounded the Kings 54-33.

''I just thought we really responded at halftime. We realized we didn't play much defense in the first half,'' Plumlee said. ''I just think we took away their rhythm (in the second half), they were very comfortable in the first half.''

Buddy Hield had 29 points to lead the Kings, who have lost three straight.

The Kings held a 13-point lead at the half and were ahead 70-55 early in the third period when Murray scored eight straight points - including a pair of 3-pointers - to lead a 13-point Denver run. The Nuggets took the lead later in the period, and the game was tied 84-84 entering the fourth.

Murray hit a 3-pointer to open the final period, and the Nuggets never trailed again. They built a 10-point lead with six minutes remaining, but Hield made three straight 3-pointers to keep Sacramento close.

The Kings pulled within 108-106 with 1:25 left before Murray made consecutive 3-pointers for the Nuggets.

''I just wanted to pick up our energy in the second half,'' Murray said. ''In the first half, we gave into everything they were doing. In the second half, we came out with a different energy and I tried to get my guys to start talking more and be more vocal. We all gang rebounded and came together on the defensive end.''

Sacramento fell to .500 at 19-19, better than most prognosticators had predicted before the season but disappointing for a team that has now lost four of five.

''I'm trying to keep our guys very positive at this point,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''I'm very proud of our group and the effort that we're giving and the learning that is happening because of competition.''

SERBIAN TRIO

Bjelica and Jokic, both natives of Serbia, had big first quarters. Bjelica scored 12 of the Kings' 30 points in the period, and Jokic had 10 of the Nuggets' 30 points in the quarter. And then their compatriot, Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic, scored the first six points of the second quarter and led all scorers with 11 points in the period. He finished with 14 points off the bench for the Kings.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Murray was 6 for 12 on 3-pointers. ... Denver outrebounded the Kings 54-33. ... Denver coach Michael Malone was the Kings' coach from 2013-15.

Kings: Nemanja Bjelica had 17 points, but only five after the first quarter. ... DeAaron Fox had 16 points and eight assists. ... Sacramento has lost three straight to the Nuggets, including both games so far this season.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At home Saturday against Charlotte in a reunion of the Hernangomez brothers (Denver's Juancho and Charlotte's Willy).

Kings: Host Golden State on Saturday in the third game of a four-game homestand.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
D. Fox
5 PG
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
18.1 Pts. Per Game 18.1
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
49.7 Field Goal % 47.2
49.3 Three Point % 46.8
83.8 Free Throw % 71.9
+ 2 Buddy Hield made driving layup 0:03
+ 1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Gary Harris 0:14
  Bogdan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Jamal Murray made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
  Jamal Murray missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  DEN team rebound 0:24
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:24
+ 3 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 0:25
Team Stats
Points 117 113
Field Goals 41-89 (46.1%) 45-90 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 14-39 (35.9%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 21-30 (70.0%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 68 39
Offensive 16 7
Defensive 38 26
Team 14 6
Assists 24 25
Steals 3 5
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 14 8
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 1
36 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
29 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
1234T
away team logo Nuggets 25-11 30233133117
home team logo Kings 19-19 30361829113
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 25-11 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Kings 19-19 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Murray PG 18.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 4.8 APG 43.7 FG%
B. Hield SG 20.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 2.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Murray PG 36 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
B. Hield SG 29 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
46.1 FG% 50.0
35.9 3PT FG% 41.9
70.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 36 7 6 12/24 6/12 6/10 3 37 1 0 4 3 4 +10 52
N. Jokic 26 13 6 10/18 3/8 3/4 1 31 1 1 5 3 10 +12 48
M. Plumlee 12 10 4 5/7 0/0 2/4 5 29 1 1 1 5 5 +12 31
J. Hernangomez 5 5 2 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 15 0 0 0 1 4 +3 14
T. Craig 2 4 4 1/5 0/3 0/0 2 28 0 0 1 3 1 +7 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 36 7 6 12/24 6/12 6/10 3 37 1 0 4 3 4 +10 52
N. Jokic 26 13 6 10/18 3/8 3/4 1 31 1 1 5 3 10 +12 48
M. Plumlee 12 10 4 5/7 0/0 2/4 5 29 1 1 1 5 5 +12 31
J. Hernangomez 5 5 2 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 15 0 0 0 1 4 +3 14
T. Craig 2 4 4 1/5 0/3 0/0 2 28 0 0 1 3 1 +7 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Harris 14 3 0 4/10 2/5 4/5 1 31 0 0 2 0 3 -8 15
P. Millsap 10 6 2 3/6 1/2 3/4 4 22 0 0 0 1 5 +2 20
M. Beasley 7 3 0 3/9 1/4 0/0 3 25 0 1 0 0 3 -3 11
M. Morris 3 1 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 1 -6 3
T. Lyles 2 2 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 8 0 0 0 0 2 -9 4
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 54 24 41/89 14/39 21/30 20 236 3 3 14 16 38 +20 211
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 29 2 2 12/19 5/9 0/0 3 34 1 0 1 1 1 -5 35
N. Bjelica 17 6 3 7/14 3/8 0/0 4 31 0 1 2 4 2 -7 28
D. Fox 16 2 8 7/10 1/2 1/2 3 28 1 0 3 0 2 -1 32
W. Cauley-Stein 13 6 3 5/10 0/0 3/4 4 29 0 0 1 0 6 -6 24
I. Shumpert 0 1 3 0/7 0/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 0 1 -1 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 29 2 2 12/19 5/9 0/0 3 34 1 0 1 1 1 -5 35
N. Bjelica 17 6 3 7/14 3/8 0/0 4 31 0 1 2 4 2 -7 28
D. Fox 16 2 8 7/10 1/2 1/2 3 28 1 0 3 0 2 -1 32
W. Cauley-Stein 13 6 3 5/10 0/0 3/4 4 29 0 0 1 0 6 -6 24
I. Shumpert 0 1 3 0/7 0/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 0 1 -1 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 14 5 2 5/9 2/3 2/2 1 29 1 0 1 0 5 -4 23
Y. Ferrell 11 0 0 4/6 1/1 2/4 0 19 1 0 0 0 0 -3 12
H. Giles 6 5 3 3/8 0/1 0/1 3 19 0 0 0 1 4 -2 17
K. Koufos 4 1 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
J. Jackson 3 5 1 1/5 1/2 0/0 2 20 1 2 0 1 4 +9 13
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bagley III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 33 25 45/90 13/31 10/15 24 235 5 3 8 7 26 -20 196