SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Harrison Barnes had 28 points and seven rebounds to help offset a career-high 50 points by Denver’s Nikola Jokic, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Nuggets 119-114 on Saturday to complete a season sweep.
Barnes made five 3-pointers, shot 10 of 16 overall and scored 13 points in the third quarter. Barnes also made a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining.READ MORE: Trailblazer Flew Through Glass Ceilings As First Female African American Pilot To Fly U-2 Aircraft
Sacramento first-round draft pick Tyrese Haliburton continued to make his case for rookie-of-the-year as he scored a season-high 23 points and hit a clutch late 3-pointer. Hassan Whiteside added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Richaun Holmes had 21 points for the Kings.
Jokic just missed adding to his franchise record of 46 triple-doubles with another huge night. The big man had 12 assists and nine rebounds and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough for the Nuggets, who lost their third straight.
It was another tough blow for Denver.
Two nights after being limited to 35 points in the second half when they blew a double-digit lead and lost to the Lakers, the Nuggets stuck close in the first half before fading over the final 10 minutes.READ MORE: Pressure Behind The Wheel: Sacramento Mover Drove Historic Victorian Mansion Through San Francisco
Jokic made a 3-pointer to cut Sacramento’s lead to 112-107 but De’Aaron Fox responded with a layup to help the Kings hold on.
The Nuggets fell to 12-10. Three of the losses have come against the Kings.
Paul Millsap added 14 points for Denver.
Barnes scored seven straight points midway through the second quarter, and Haliburton made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to put the Kings ahead 53-52 at halftime.MORE NEWS: Early COVID Patient Remembers Military Quarantine After Cruise Ship Outbreak
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