The third quarter featured a series of plays that had Kings jumping off the bench cheering on their teammates.

Many of them had nothing to do with the 39 points Sacramento scored in the period.

It was guard Ben McLemore going up to block Denver center Timofey Mozgov’s shot at the rim. Or Quincy Acy going up to stuff Quincy Miller with two hands at the rim.

Then there were center DeMarcus Cousins’ three blocked shots.

The defense in the third helped erase a poor showing defensively in the first half and allowed the Kings to coast to a 109-95 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at Pepsi Center.
It was the Kings’ second consecutive win and the second time this season Sacramento has swept back-to-back games. It was also the first time the Kings have won consecutive road games. The Kings won Feb. 12 at New York.
The win ended a nine-game losing streak in Denver. The Kings last won there April 5, 2008. It was also the first time the Kings won the second of back-to-back games in Denver since Dec. 22, 2006.

The Nuggets lost for the first time this season when hosting an opponent in the second of back-to-back games. Denver is now 5-1 in that situation.

The Kings outscored the Nuggets 39-18 in the third and held Denver to 28.6 percent shooting while forcing eight turnovers. The eight turnovers matched the most the Kings have forced in a quarter this season.

The six blocked shots in the period were the most in a quarter this season. The Kings matched their season high with 10 blocks. The Kings also had 10 blocks Jan. 21 in New Orleans.
“We were active, we were making people feel us, we were protecting our basket,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “Not just conceding layups, which we’ve done at times this year.”