Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Friday, November 11th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 31st
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

Nuggets 85

(2-4, 0-3 away)

Kings 101

(2-4, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, November 11, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 19 25 22 1985
    SAC 29 32 20 20101

    Top Performers

    Den: M. Camby 20 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sac: B. Miller 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 10 Ast

    Stojakovic, Miller help struggling Kings beat Nuggets

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Back in friendly Arco Arena, the Sacramento Kings finally resembled the team that won 55 games or more the past four seasons.

    Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points to lead the struggling Kings to a 101-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

    Sacramento (2-4) entered the 1-4 and the normally high-scoring team had been under 90 points in three of those losses.

    Demonstrating a balanced offense that chracterized the team in past seasons, the Kings had five players in double figures.

    "The difference was we cam out and played fearless, we really needed a win tonight," said reserve Kevin Martin, who had a season-high 14 points.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Bonzi Wells had 13 points to help the Kings beat the Nuggets for the 18th straight time at Arco Arena.

    The Nuggets, who beat the Kings 107-91 in Denver on Wednesday night, last won in Sacramento on Jan. 7, 1997.

    "You have to be mentally ready and I think right now our attentiveness and toughness is preseason(like)," Nuggets coach George Karl said.

    Brad Miller added 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Kings, and Mike Bibby had 10 points.

    "Brad is like our point center, although I've never really heard of that," Wells said. "He's a great passer and also a good scorer."

    Marcus Camby led Denver with 20 points and 17 rebounds, Kenyon Martin had 13 point. Struggling all game, Carmelo Anthony made 4-of-15 shots and he and Earl Boykins each scored 11 points.

    Stojakovic got the Kings going early. They had a 10-point lead in the first quarter and kept the advantage in double figures throughout much of the game to snap a two-game losing streak.

    Stojakovic hit three 3-pointers and made all eight free throws. He's 22-for-22 overall from the line this season

    "They (the referees) were just putting them on the line and letting Peja trick them," Karl said. "We can't play if we are losing on the free-throw line."

    Game notes

    The Kings shot 59 percent in the first half and led 61-44. ... Denver coach George Karl was angry in the first quarter when he tried to send in diminutive 5-foot-5 Earl Boykins during a change of possession. The press-row official's excuse for not letting Boykins in: "I didn't see him." ... Stojakovic scored 15 points in the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 101
    FGM-FGA 32-90 (.356) 35-67 (.522)
    3PM-3PA 2-14 (.143) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 25-31 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 3-39
    Assists 18 23
    Turnovers 11 17
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 8 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 3 22

    Top Performers

    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 20
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 12
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0