Nuggets Pull Past Kings Down the Stretch
DENVER, Nov. 9 (Ticker) -- When Peja Stojakovic's 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter was waved off, it may have been a sign of things to come for the Sacramento Kings.
The slumping Kings were outscored in the fourth quarter by Marcus Camby, who helped the Denver Nuggets pull away for a 107-91 victory.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim's jumper cut Denver's lead to 86-85 with 8:06 to go. Camby, who scored 10 of his 20 points in the final period, answered with a basket 16 seconds later to start an 18-3 run that put the game away.
The 6-11 Camby had a pair of 20-footers in the surge, and finished it with two free throws and an alley-oop jam off a lob from Carmelo Anthony for a 104-88 advantage with 3:04 left.
In the fourth quarter, Sacramento scored nine points on 2-of-15 shooting, missing all five 3-pointers. The Kings made just one basket after Abdur-Rahim's jumper.
Anthony scored 18 points and reserves Earl Boykins and Eduardo Najera had 15 apiece, as Denver's bench outscored Sacramento's 38-12. Andre Miller had 13 assists, 10 rebounds and nine points for the Nuggets.
Stojakovic scored 26 points and Brad Miller 16 for Sacramento, which rebounded from last season's slow start to record its fifth straight 50-win campaign.