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Nuggets defeat reeling Kings in high-scoring affair

Michael Porter Jr. got his first career start, and the rookie delivered with a season-high 19 points and six rebounds.
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Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant (9) defends against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Will Barton scored 19 points, including two free throws with eight seconds left to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the skidding Sacramento Kings 120-115. 

Michael Porter Jr. got his first career start, and the rookie delivered with a season-high 19 points and six rebounds. 

Nikola Jokic had 17 points and eight rebounds for Denver, which has won nine of 10. 

The Nuggets finished their three-game homestand with two wins, coming back after a disappointing loss to New Orleans on Christmas. 

Sacramento has lost seven in a row.  

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