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NBA: Sacramento 122, Denver 102

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Tyreke Evans paced Sacramento to a solid shooting performance Thursday and the Kings picked up a rare win with a 122-102 decision over Denver.

Sacramento won its eighth game of the season, leaving the Kings tied with Washington and Cleveland for the fewest number of victories in the league.

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Nevertheless, the Kings have won three of their last five. It is their best stretch of success since they won three of their first games of the season.

Sacramento let a 14-point lead get away in the third period and the Nuggets tied it with 3:40 left in the quarter. The Kings then finished the period on a 12-2 run and were never threatened over the final 12 minutes.

Evans scored 27 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 20. The Kings shot 57 percent from the floor and made 9-of-19 from 3-point range.

Denver was led by Carmelo Anthony with 26. The Nuggets lost both ends of a two-game trip to California. Denver fell to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday.

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