Point guard Ty Lawson scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting and added two rebounds and two assists to help the Denver Nuggets get out to a 32-36 lead at the end of the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings.
Denver forward Danilo Gallinar and center Kosta Koufos each signed contract extensions earlier in the day, and both had a nice first quarter against the Kings. Gallinari went 2-for-3 from the floor to finish with seven points, while Koufos had four points on 2-of-4 shooting. Al Harrington has come off the bench to score six points for Denver.
Sacramento guard Jimmer Fredette led the way for the Kings with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting. Star guard Tyreke Evans had eight points and three assists for the Kings.