Effort was not the issue, but fatigue might have been a factor for the kings, as they ended a three-match…
Effort was not the issue, but fatigue might have been a factor for the kings, as they ended a three-match trip with a 126-112 loss for the unanswered Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.  Rookie forward Marvin Bagley III carved out a small piece of NBA history and Justin Jackson delivered his most encouraging performance of the season, but for others the energy seemed shorter than the mil-high air outside the arena.
“It’s always hard to get to Denver and play,” Jackson said. “Height is quite nuts out here.” We got tired, we can have, and that’s quite understandable. “It’s Denver.” Height is ̵
1; You can drive for so long, but eventually you’ll get a bit tired. ”
Bagley became the first Sacramento beginner to send 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a game since Brian Grant in 1995. He is only third rookie in the NBA story to put these numbers in a backup role, joining John Salley (1987) and Stanley Roberts (1992).
“I have to give it all my time, I go out on the floor no matter what the point is,” Bagley says. “I love to play this game and I think I would cheat myself if I did not go as hard as possible and could still being a good teammate, whatever the circumstances may be. “
The Kings (1-3) met four projected playoff teams during the first week of the season and opened home to Utah before starting a three-game tour that took them from New Orleans to Oklahoma City and Denver. They will play their fifth game in eight days as they return to Sacramento to meet Memphis Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.
“It’s the Worst Back to-back you can get (end) one end of it coming in and out of Denver, “said King’s coach Dave Joerger before the match.” That’s what it is and we still want to go up and down the floor, hold some nice legs and play fast. “
I In the competition, the kings were first in the NBA in pace and others in points, average 125.7 points per game – amazingly given that they ended last in both categories 2017-18. Nuggetsna (4-0) led the league in defending the defense and held opponents to 95.7 points per game.
The Kings became the first team to make 100 points against Nuggets this season, but they did not look like themselves under key strings.
Sacramento entered the game an average of 94 field goals per competition. During the opening season, they only tried 21 shots and scored 26 points, their second lowest scorecard for the season. They ended with a seasonally low 86 field goal attempt, which shot 52.3 percent from the field while they made 13 out of 31 (41.9 percent) from 3-point ranges.
“I think we started the first quarter slowly,” said Bagley. “There were some parts of the game where we had the beat. We picked it up again, went up and down and ran the floor, but we always talk at the start. When you start as we did tonight – slowly – you lose. That’s what Happens every time we start slowly. We just have to start fast and continue the rest of the game. “
Jamal Murray had 19 points, Gary Harris did 18 and Paul Millsap 15 for Nuggets. Nikola Jokic had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
None of Joerger’s starters played more than 23 minutes. Frank Mason III came off the bench to add 14 points, seven help and five rebounds. The starting guards, The & Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, combined for just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Was it because of fatigue?
“Maybe a little,” Fox said. “Denver is always a difficult place to play, but every team must come here so it can not be an excuse. I’m just looking forward to tomorrow.”
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