Kings rally from 17 down to beat Nuggets 100-97 in overtime
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Harrison Barnes scored six of his season-high 30 points in overtime, Buddy Hield hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left and the Sacramento Kings rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 100-97 Saturday.
Sacramento trailed by 17 at halftime and didn’t lead until Barnes made a jumper early in overtime. Gary Harris’ 3-pointer put the Nuggets up 95-94, but Barnes answered with two free throws and scored on a short lean-in shot.
Harris made two free throws before Hield answered with two of his own to help Sacramento end a six-game losing streak against Denver.
The Nuggets failed to get off a shot in the final 15 seconds.
Nemanja Bjelica had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings. Richaun Holmes added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Hield had 21 points despite an off-night shooting.
Harris scored 18 of his 25 points in the first quarter. Will Barton added 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Jamal Murray scored 15 points.
The Nuggets missed a chance to win in regulation when Holmes blocked Murray’s shot from behind at the buzzer.
Sacramento was behind 75-67 entering the fourth. Hield, who struggled with his shot for much of the game, made consecutive 3s and scored on a driving layup to tie it at 90.
Nuggets: Denver scored 57 points in the first half but was outscored 60-40 after that. … Nikola Jokic missed five consecutive shots in the fourth quarter. … Harris’ previous season high of 17 points also came against Sacramento.
Kings: Marvin Bagley III has yet to be cleared to play but is getting closer. The second overall pick a year ago, Bagley has been out since breaking his right thumb in the season opener. Point guard De’Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is also making progress in his rehab but isn’t as close as Bagley.
Nuggets: Return to Denver to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Kings: Host the Bulls on Monday. Sacramento has won the last four against Chicago.AlertMe