Thornton's gaffe leads to OT loss for Kings

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Thornton's gaffe leads to OT loss for Kings

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DENVER (AP) Arron Afflalo hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left in regulation, Ty Lawson made a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in overtime, and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 119-116 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Monday night.Afflalo finished with a career-high 32 points for the Nuggets, who improved to 4-0 since the All-Star break.Lawson came up with the clutch basket for the second straight night, finishing with 16 points and 13 assists.Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each had 27 points for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight on the day they announced they had extended the contract of coach Keith Smart through the 2012-13 season.Thornton also had the foul on Afflalo in the closing seconds that allowed the Nuggets to get the game into overtime and pull out an improbable win.The Kings trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, only to storm back and take a 96-93 lead on a 3-pointer by Francisco Garcia with 4:23 remaining.From there, it was an exchange of 3-pointers between the teams, as Lawson hit one to tie it up, only to have Thornton answer right back. Evans gave the Kings some breathing room with a short jumper, extending the lead to 103-98 with 1:16 remaining.The cushion didn't last.Afflalo hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game.After Isaiah Thomas hit two free throws to extend the lead to 108-105, the Nuggets held the ball for one final shot.Just before the buzzer sounded, Afflalo launched a deep 3-point attempt, with Thornton grazing his arm. Afflalo drained the first two free throws and then had to patiently wait after the Kings called timeout.He returned to the line, where he made the final one to tie the score at 108.Jimmer Fredette's desperation heave was offline and the game went to overtime.In overtime, the Kings jumped out to an early lead, but the Nuggets quickly responded.Lawson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to give the Nuggets the lead. Garcia's final shot fell short.Once a banged-up bunch, the Nuggets are steadily returning to health. Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari was back after missing 13 games with a left ankle sprain. So was Brazilian center Nene, who sat out 10 games with a calf strain.Not surprisingly, Gallinari and Nene both showed some early rust from their long layoffs.Gallinari didn't hit his first basket until swishing a 3-pointer with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter. He had just four points on the evening.Nene finished with six points in just over 15 minutes.When Gallinari hobbled off the court on Feb. 6, it appeared as if he might be sidelined for quite some time after tests revealed a chip fracture in his left foot. But further examinations later showed the fracture wasn't caused by his stumble and may have actually occurred before he joined the NBA in 2008.The versatile Italian forward proved to be a fast healer, returning nearly to the day the team had predicted.The Nuggets were 6-7 without Gallinari, one of the players they're counting on to deliver big shots at crunch time.But with the game on the line the healing Gallinari was on the bench, not the floor.Even with the return of Gallinari and Nene, the Nuggets are far from full strength. They were missing swingman Rudy Fernandez (back) and center Kosta Koufos (left knee).However, Timofey Mozgov played Monday despite an ailing left ankle. He had eight early points before appearing to hurt his ankle again. Mozgov didn't play in the second half.The Nuggets trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, only to go on an 8-0 run to close out the half and tie the game at 53.Notes: Kings F J.J. Hickson missed the three-game road swing with a hip pointer. ... The Kings will begin a franchise-record nine-game homestand on Wednesday against New Orleans. ... Lawson was named the Western Conference player of the week Monday. ... The Nuggets are 13-3 against the Kings at home since 2003-04.

Kings forward Rudy Gay to undergo surgery on ruptured Achilles Monday

Kings forward Rudy Gay to undergo surgery on ruptured Achilles Monday

SACRAMENTO, CA ---- Kings forward Rudy Gay will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. 

The procedure will be performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley. 

Gay suffered the injury during third quarter play of Wednesday night’s contest against the Indiana Pacers. 

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Questionable foul call crushes Kings, losing streak reaches five

Questionable foul call crushes Kings, losing streak reaches five

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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade had 30 points and two key steals in the final minute, Jimmy Butler added 23 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 42-point performance by DeMarcus Cousins for a 102-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Wade, who had 13 points in the fourth quarter, snapped a 99-all tie by making a free throw with 14 seconds left. He had missed a breakaway dunk after making a steal, but Cousins was called for a foul for putting his hand on Wade's hip as he tried to dunk the ball.

On the next Kings possession, Wade came up with another steal and fed Michael Carter-Williams for a breakaway basket to seal the win.

Cousins was 16 for 28 from the field, including 2 for 7 on 3-pointers, and added 14 rebounds.

Chicago took a 55-52 halftime lead, but Sacramento started quickly in the third quarter and took a 61-59 lead on a Cousins' three-point play. The Kings led by as many as seven points before the Bulls closed with a 12-3 run to take a 75-73 lead into the fourth.

The score was tight throughout much of the final quarter before the Bulls rallied for a 95-91 lead with three minutes to go on a three-point play by Wade. Cousins, though, answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Sacramento back on top, 97-95, with just over two minutes left. Wade hit a jumper on Chicago's next possession to tie the score with 1:53 to play.

Following a scoreless possession by each team, Cousins gave the Kings a 99-97 edge with 52 seconds remaining. The Bulls tied it again on Robin Lopez's follow of Butler's miss with 36 seconds to play, setting the stage for Wade.

TIP-INS

Kings: They have dropped seven straight in Chicago. Sacramento's last win was a 102-98 victory on Dec. 21, 2009 - a game in which the Kings trailed 79-44 for the largest comeback in franchise history.

Bulls: F Doug McDermott appeared to break out of slump with a 31-point effort (in 33 minutes) against Memphis on Jan. 15, but had a combined nine points on 4-for-13 shooting in the next two games before Saturday. He had three points on 1-for-5 shooting on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night in the third game of eight-game road trip.

Bulls: At Orlando on Tuesday night. Chicago had a 112-80 victory in the first meeting with the Magic on Nov. 7.