SACRAMENTO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Danilo Gallinari, just hours after agreeing to a four-year contract extension, scored 23 points Wednesday and sent Denver sailing past Sacramento 122-93.
Gallinari came to Denver last season in the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York. He is averaging 17 points a game this season and was dominant against the Kings, making 8-of-12 from the field and all six of his attempts from the foul line.
Denver closed the first half on a 25-8 run and had a 31-point lead as early as the first 3 minutes of the second half.
The Nuggets won their fifth straight and improved to 7-3 on the road. Denver and Oklahoma City are the only teams in the Western Conference with winning road records.
The Kings, who have lost three in a row, were led by rookie Jimmer Fredette with 19.