The Denver Nuggets won every quarter and, as a result, their first game of the season in a 109-97 defeat of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
While the teams shot nearly the same from the field (Denver was at 44.6 percent while the Pistons were at 44.9), the Nuggets used their depth to their advantage, as six players scored in double figures.
Andre Iguodala led the way with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, adding 10 rebounds and four assists. Close behind him were JaVale McGee with 16 points (7-of-11 from the floor) and three blocks as well as 15 points apiece from Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried.
Greg Monroe paced the Pistons with 27 points (10-of-20 from the field), ten rebounds and three blocks, while Rodney Stuckey continued his shooting struggles, going 5-for-17 from the floor, scoring 17 points.
Denver outscored Detroit by 12 points in the paint, also the game's final margin, as, along with the contributions of Faried and McGee, center Kosta Koufos added 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
The Nuggets next travel to Houston to take on James Harden and the Rockets Wednesday night.