Denver Nuggets win 15th consecutive game, downing Sacramento 101-95

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 24 (EFE).- Italian forward Danilo Gallinari racked up 19 points heading the Denver Nuggets' attack on Saturday night in their 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the team's 15th consecutive win.

The Nuggets, who are 49-22 for the season, continue to press the Oklahoma City Thunder as the two teams vie for leadership of the Northwest Division separated by 2 1/2 games.

The Denver squad's streak is the second-longest for any team in the NBA at this point, with the Miami Heat sitting atop 25 consecutive victories.

Forward Kenneth Faried also came up big for the Nuggets, scoring 17 points and snagging 9 rebounds, while guard Andre Iguodala got 15 points for the night.

The Nuggets set a team record for consecutive wins on their home turf at Denver's Pepsi Center despite injuries that have taken two of their key players - point guard Ty Lawson and forward Wilson Chandler - out of the lineup.

For the Kings, who lost their fifth game in the last 10 contests and stand at 25-45, it was center DeMarcus Cousins who stood out on Saturday night with a double-double consisting of 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Forward John Salmons scored 18 points, while guard Isaiah Thomas and reserve guard Marcus Thornton each contributed 10 points.

In other NBA action on the weekend, Golden State beat Washington 101-92, the Los Angeles Clippers downed the New Jersey Nets 101-95, Chicago made it by Indiana 87-84, Memphis topped Boston 110-106, the New York Knicks crushed Toronto 110-84 and Detroit snuck by Charlotte 92-91 to break its longest losing streak in the past three years.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, it was Atlanta over Milwaukee 104-99 with several other games coming later in the evening.