Kings bounce back against Nuggets with Sabonis' 16th triple-double

Published February 10, 2024, 3:00 PMLei Macaranas

Domantas Sabonis registered his league-leading 16th triple-double of the season.
After a disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons (8-43), the Sacramento Kings proved themselves against the reigning NBA champions Denver Nuggets with a 135-106 blowout win.

Domantas Sabonis has been an incredible force for the Kings, registering his league-leading 16th triple-double of the season with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists. He has now recorded four triple-doubles in his last six games.

Malik Monk was looking like a Sixth Man of the Year candidate when he helped spark the Sacramento bench offense and scored 12 first-half points to put his team ahead. He closed the first quarter with a steal and buzzer-beater trey which influenced the team’s energy for the next three quarters.

Monk garnered 23 points, while substitutes Trey Lyles and Alex Len tallied 15 and 11 points respectively.

De’Aaron Fox was also on fire tonight with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.

All night long, the Kings had the Nuggets on lockdown and contained their opponents’ best players.

The Kings controlled the Nuggets’ production as Sabonis defended Jokic well while Fox pressured Denver’s guards. Keegan Murray, who finished with 17 points, also was a steady force on the defensive end.

Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray were limited to 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Kings improve to 30-21 as sixth in the West, while the Nuggets slide to 36-17 for the fourth spot.