|Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) flies past Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25), from Russia, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)|
Harrington, Fernandez lead Nuggets' rout of Kings
Timofey Mozgov and Arron Afflalo added 11 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won their last six meetings against the Kings in Denver.
Playing the second of three games in three days, the Kings played from behind most of the night and lost guard Tyreke Evans for the last two quarters after he became ill.
The Kings, who remained winless in three road games this season, got 26 points from DeMarcus Cousins and 23 points from Marcus Thornton. Cousins was playing in his second game since returning from a one-game banishment for, the team said, demanding a trade. Cousins has denied making a trade demand.
Up by 17 at the half, the Nuggets stretched the lead to 66-41 on a basket by Danilo Gallinari with 6:33 left in the third quarter. Sacramento scored 14 of the next 18 points, pulling to 70-55 on Thornton's 3-pointer but wound up lagging behind Denver 85-64 going into the fourth quarter.
Well in front already, Denver made it a runaway with a 9-0 burst to start the start fourth. The run was punctuated by dunks by Chris Andersen and rookie Kenneth Faried off a no-look alley oop pass from Fernandez.
The Nuggets led 27-17 after the first quarter and began the second with a 14-2 run, pulling out to a 41-19 lead on a fast-break dunk by Corey Brewer with 7:14 remaining in the period. The Kings cut the deficit to 13 on a layup by Thornton but Gallinari pulled off a reverse layup and then got a steal to start a fast break that Harrington finished with a layup for a 56-39 lead at halftime.
NOTES: The Kings conclude their only back-to-back-to-back set of the season at home on Thursday, when they host Milwaukee. ... Nuggets forward Nene missed a second straight game with a bruised left heel. ... Kings haven't won in Denver since April 5, 2008, a 118-115 decision. ... Denver's Kosta Koufos had his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.