SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings raced out to a 21-point first quarter lead and never looked back, winning their fourth straight game defeating the Denver Nuggets 131-109.
The Kings improved to 4-1 -- their best start since the 2001-02 season.
The Kings put up 40 first quarter points –- including 16 from DeMarcus Cousins, but the crescendo came with 19.8 seconds left in the initial quarter on a Omri Casspi runner via a Darren Collison feed and an outlet pass from Ben McLemore.
The three touches resulting in the score sent Sleep Train Arena into a frenzy as the Kings took a 40-19 lead.
Denver responded, cutting the lead to ten points at 48-38 at the 6:12 mark of the second quarter causing Kings coach Michael Malone to take a timeout.
However, Cousins’ 26 first-half points propelled the Kings as they extended their lead to 68-54 entering the locker room at halftime.
Nate Robinson’s 10 and Randy Foye’s seven points off the bench for Denver prevented a complete first half blowout.
Frustration boiled over with 8:02 remaining in the third quarter with Sacramento leading 74-56 as Timofey Mozgov, who simply couldn’t handle Cousins was handed a technical foul after a scuffle with Ben McLemore.
There was no fallout after the brief clash and the rout was on with the Kings leading 105-72 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter featured Sacramento being outscored by Denver 37-26 but the outcome was well in hand.
Cousins led Sacramento with 30 points while Rudy Gay scored 29 and Carl Landry chipped in with 18 off the bench.
The Nuggets were paced by Foye’s 19 points and 13 apiece by Wilson’s Chandler and Ty Lawson.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: DeMarcus Cousins was virtually unstoppable going for 30 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes.
TURNING POINT: Sacramento had it all going in the first quarter, scoring 40 points on 69.6 percent shooting, seven assists to one turnover plus lock down defense, holding Denver to 19 points and 31.8 percent from the floor.
INJURY REPORT: For Sacramento, there were no significant injuries to report.
Denver – F J.J. Hickson (9/17, five-game suspension/right knee surgery) will be eligible to return for Sunday's game against Portland
G Ty Lawson (Left Ankle Soreness) – Questionable but played
G Randy Foye (Right Wrist Sprain) – Probable but played
WHAT'S NEXT: The Kings head out on a four game road trip beginning Friday night at Phoenix followed by Oklahoma City, Dallas and Memphis.