Effort was not the issue, but fatigue could have been a factor for the Kings as they completed a three-game road trip with a 126-112 loss to the undefeated Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.  Rookie striker Marvin Bagley III carved a small piece of NBA history and Justin Jackson delivered his most encouraging performance of the season, but for others, the energy seemed to be scarce than the miles of air outside the arena.
"It's always hard to come and play in Denver," Jackson said. We're a bit tired here, we could, and it's pretty understandable … It's Denver, the height is ̵
Bagley became the first Sacramento freshman who has since posted 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a game Brian Grant in 1995. He is only the third freshman in NBA history to have these numbers in a backup role and joins John Salley (1987) and Stanley Roberts (1992).
"I have to give everything When I go down, no matter what the outcome is," Bagley said. "I love playing this game, and I think I would cheat on myself if I did not make it as hard as possible and still could be a great teammate, under any circumstances."
The Kings (1-5 3) met four scheduled playoff teams in the first week of the season, opening at home to Utah before embarking on a journey from New Orleans to Oklahoma City and Denver. They will play their fifth game in eight days as they return to Sacramento to face the Memphis Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.
"The worst thing you can do is (if) an end of it coming in and out of Denver," said Kings coach Dave Joerger before the game. "It's what it is, and we still want to go up and down, have some fresh legs and play fast."
In the competition, the Kings were the first in the NBA to pace and second in the standings 125.7 points per game – amazing, considering that in the years 2017 to 2013 in each of the two categories last place occupied. The Nuggets (4-0) led the league in defense and held the opponents with 95.7 points per game
The Kings were the first team to reach 100 points against the Nuggets this season, but did not look like themselves during the main sections.
Sacramento entered the game with an average of 94 field-goal attempts per contest. In the initial phase they tried only 21 shots and scored 26 points, the second-lowest quarter of the season. They finished the season with 86 field goal attempts and shot 52.3 percent out of the field, while they made 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) out of 3 points.
"I think we've started the first quarter slowly," said Bagley. "There were some parts of the game in which we had the pace. We picked it up, ran up and down and blew the floor, but we always talk about the start. If you start like tonight – slowly – you lose. This happens every time we start slowly. We just have to start quickly and continue the rest of the game. "
Jamal Murray scored 19 points, Gary Harris scored 18 and Paul Millsap 15 for the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
None of Jörgers starters played more than 23 minutes Frank Mason III came off the bench to score 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds, with start-ups De & # 39; Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield combined for 4-of-15 shooting for only 11 points.
Was that because of the Fatigue?
"Maybe a little bit," Fox said, "Denver is always a tough place, but every team has to come here, that can not be an excuse. I am only looking forward to tomorrow.
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