Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Nuggets 98, Kings 76

If the Denver Nuggets' first two games of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas are a sign of things to come this season, it's going to be a very productive year for rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.
Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, followed an 11-point NBA debut on Friday with game-highs of 19 points and 10 assists on Sunday, adding three rebounds in a 98-76 win over the Sacramento Kings.
The 19-year-old, who played professionally in China last season, has been anything but trigger-shy in his first two NBA games. Mudiay has attempted a total of 30 shots from the field, converting 12 of them. After hitting just one free throw on Friday, Mudiay went 4-for-7 from the foul line on Sunday.
Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein, who was picked sixth overall in this year's draft, had 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor. The 21-year-old 7-footer played 22 minutes, but recorded just one rebound.
Third-year guard Ian Clark added 19 points for Denver on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Erick Green, who appeared in 43 games for the Nuggets last year, had 16 points. Seven Nuggets players finished with double-figure scoring totals on Saturday.
After close first half, Denver pulled away early in the third quarter. Leading 51-44 at the break, Denver got 11 points, including three triples from Clark in the third, and another from starting guard Gary Harris to build a 17-point lead by the end of the quarter.
Denver (2-0) faces Miami on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Sacramento (0-2) plays Golden State on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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