Wire sports briefs: Kings lose, but announce arena deal

By From page B12 | March 24, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

It took until the final minutes to hold off the Kings, who got 24 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.

Also Saturday, Sacramento city officials reached a preliminary agreement for a new downtown arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.

Minnesota shuts down San Jose

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Ryan Suter had two more assists, leading Minnesota past the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on Saturday for the Wild’s season-high fifth straight victory.

San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made several tough stops among his 22 saves but Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota.

The Sharks won their first seven games, but since then they’ve been unable to stay in a groove. They fell to 2-5-2 in their last nine contests, with games on Monday and Wednesday against mighty Anaheim coming next.


The Associated Press

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