Nuggets beat undermanned Kings

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jan 27 2014 03:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2014 11:24 PM

Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton (23) drives the ball past Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) in the second half of their NBA basketball game Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena. Photo by Lance Iversen, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Nuggets 125, Kings 117

Ty Lawson scored a game-high 27 points to lead six Nuggets in double figures, and Denver ran past the Sacramento Kings.

Lawson scored 20 points in the second half and combined with center Timofey Mozgov to score every Denver point during a 14-8 third-quarter run that gave the Nuggets (22-21) the lead for good.

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points to lead the Kings (15-28), who played without leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay for the second consecutive game.

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Suns 99, Cavaliers 90

Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 27 points and grab 15 rebounds, leading the Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Goran Dragic added 15 points for Phoenix (25-18).

All Star point guard Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points and a game-high nine assists for the Cavaliers (16-28).