Seven Denver scorers reached double-figures. Forward Danilo Galinari scored a game-high 23 points for the Nuggets on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Gallinari drained all six of his foul shots. Nene had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Andre Miller, who finished with 10 assists, and Corey Brewer each scored 15 points. Ty Lawson scored 11, while Kosta Koufos and Al Harrington each scored 10.
Rookie guard Jimmer Fredette led all Kings scorers with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. Guard Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and six assists in the loss.
Denver shot 50-of-91 from the field and out-rebounded the Kings 48-35.