The story of the night was the Kings porous defense and Denver's superb job of attacking the paint. That shot chart is not lying: Only two of Denver's two point field goals came outside of the paint, and just four total field goals came outside the paint. Denver scored a ludicrous 92 points in the paint, the most since the statistic started being recorded in 2000-01, and almost more than the entire Kings point total. In fact, it wasn't until midway through the 4th quarter that the Nuggets even made a two pointer outside of the paint, which goes to show how dominant they were.
The game started out relatively competitive, with the Nuggets only leading by 6 after the first quarter. It was during the 2nd quarter where things got sour. Basketball is a game of runs, and these Kings have a very bad habit of letting their opponents go on huge runs that they never recover from. In the 2nd quarter, Denver went on a 25-6 run over the last half of the quarter, and the Kings only points during that stretch came at the line. That's 6 minutes and 52 seconds the team went without a single field goal.
Tyreke Evans continues to play the distributor role well, with 7 assists, but continues to struggle with his offense, scoring just 13 points on 4-13 from the field. It seems to me like he is being less aggressive, and perhaps is a bit fatigued from all the minutes he is getting.
The Kings lone bright spot came from their three point shooting, where they went 9-20. As mentioned previously, Jimmer went 5-8, to bring his season percentage up to 36.5%. This is Jimmer's 3rd good offensive performance in a row (he's been terrible on defense) and that's a good thing. Over the last four games, he's 12 of 20 from three, and definitely looks more comfortable and confident. He still dribbles too much and makes silly mistakes when trying to distribute, but we're finally starting to see the guy we had hoped we drafted.
The frustrating thing with the Kings is that when they lose, they lose big, as they did tonight. In their 13 losses, they've lost by an average of 20.9 points. The 6 victories meanwhile have only come by an average of just 6.8 points, with their 16 point win over New Orleans being the only win by double digits.