However, the veteran forward was able to leave his mark on almost every aspect of the game for the Nuggets and as Jokic noted had been their most reliable scorer up to this point.
Barton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.
Michael Malone discussed the possibility of taking either Faried or Plumlee out of the Nuggets' big-man rotation about a week ago, stressing "if I wanted to keep people happy, I'd sell ice cream". Luckily the Kings are not a current powerhouse, but they are still an National Basketball Association team.
Millsap picked up the injury in the second quarter of Denver's 127-109 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Rockets did miss their final three shots before halftime, allowing the Nuggets to pull within 35.
Will Barton led Denver with 20 points, Jokic had 17, and Gary Harris added 13. He and the Nuggets were figuring out how to play together.
Houston held its opponent to 100 points or less for the fourth time in its last six games.
"I'm kind of sad, because he's a big part of our new thing with what we're trying to do", Jokic said. "We've got lobs, we've got floaters, we've got whatever's there".
Denver scored 67 points in the second half, the most against the Kings this season.
For Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets, our models like Lyles to play 9.4 minutes and produce 7.5 FanDuel points at a price of $3,800. "He wasn't an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us", Unseld said.
While Malone and Chandler will be back against the Rockets, Denver will be without Millsap for an undetermined stretch of games. "And now that he's had some time to mesh with Nikola Jokic, most of the Nuggets' worst line-up combinations with over 10 minutes played don't involve either one". Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: "It felt that way". "I knew if I got back to playing defense, everything else would fall into place". "That's the type of effort that we need to have".