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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Sacramento



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: Sacramento 90, Denver 88

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Thompson's go-ahead putback dunk with 41.5 seconds remaining helped the Sacramento Kings down the Denver Nuggets, 90-88, in the season opener for both teams.

Denver's J.J. Hickson capped a quick 6-0 burst when he burst through the lane for a layup to tie the game at 88-88 with 1:37 to go.

DeMarcus Cousins was unable to hit on a mini hook shot from the lower left block on the Kings' next possession before Denver's shot-clock violation gave the ball back to Sacramento.

Cousins again got the ball on the lower left block and again misfired from in close, but Thompson was unaccounted for and rose high for the offensive rebound and putback.

Evan Fournier then missed a three for Denver and Cousins was unable to get his layup to drop with five seconds on the clock. Randy Foye snatched the defensive rebound and outletted to Ty Lawson, who was unable to get his reverse layup to fall. The ensuing rebound was kicked out of bounds off the Kings, but Foye's left corner triple at the buzzer ricocheted off the side of the backboard.

"When we get stops, we're a tough team," Cousins said. "We broke down a lot tonight, made a lot of mistakes, made the game a lot harder than it should have been."

Cousins, signed to a four-year, $62 million extension during the offseason, had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who stayed in Sacramento after the NBA rejected a relocation attempt to Seattle.

The Maloofs are no longer the primary owners, Vivek Ranadive is, and Shaquille O'Neal, who once referred to the teams as "the Queens," is a minority stake- holder. Mike Malone was brought in to coach the team.

Greivis Vasquez, acquired in the Tyreke Evans trade to the New Orleans Pelicans, netted 17 points and Isaiah Thomas added 16 off the bench in the triumph.

Lawson had 20 points and eight assists for Denver, which started off the Brian Shaw era with a loss. Shaw took over after last year's Coach of the Year George Karl was fired after losing a first-round series for the eighth time in his nine seasons as head coach.

"They made the plays at the end of the game," Shaw said. "We had our opportunities."

Sacramento led 25-22 after a quarter of play and 48-45 at the break before Denver outscored the Kings 27-22 in the third to take a slim 72-70 edge into the final frame.

Game Notes

The Kings shot 40.7 percent from the floor ... Hickson had 12 points and nine rebounds ... Denver won 57 games a year ago and was the West's third seed ... The Nuggets shot 43 percent from the field.

10/31 02:17:28 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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