Nuggets fall out of first place

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Kevin Martin had 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists Sunday night for the Sacramento Kings, who never trailed in defeating the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-106.

It was a rare evening of excitement at Arco Arena, where the Kings have lost repeatedly and own the third-worst home record in the NBA. Sacramento ran off eight straight points to start the game, led by 12 at the half and never trailed in winning its 10th home game.

Martin connected on five 3-pointers for the Kings, who tied a season high, making 14 3-pointers. Andres Nocioni had 23 points, Spencer Hawes contributed 20 points and eight rebounds, and Francisco Garcia had 19 points.