McGee scores 19, Nuggets beat Kings 122-97

McGee scores 19, Nuggets beat Kings 122-97
December 16, 2012, 8:45 pm
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Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, of Italy, hangs on the rim after stuffing against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and the Denver Nuggets built a big lead in the first half and cruised past the Sacramento Kings 122-97 Sunday.

The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to break away from a tie in the first quarter, and led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

Denver has won seven in a row against the Kings. Sacramento has lost four in a row overall.

Sacramento's Aaron Brooks committed a hard foul against Andre Miller late in the first quarter and a mild altercation ensued involving DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets. All four players were given technical fouls.