In the first test of a six-game East Coast swing, the Nuggests took care of business with a workmanlike 112-98 victory against Toronto here Sunday.

Kenneth Faried wasn't shy about giving credit to the Nuggets' bench for the team's sixth consecutive victory.

"We have the best bench in the league, hands down," Faried said. "If anybody wants to come contest me about that, hey, we can discuss this, but stats speak. We have the best bench in the league."

Denver's bench players outscored Toronto's reserves 72-16.

Center Timofey Mozgov came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 15 rebounds. Backup guard Nate Robinson scored a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers.

The 72 bench points set an all-time Raptors opponent record. Denver's franchise record for bench points scored is 76, set in 1983 against the Lakers.

"Tonight was all about the contributions from our second unit," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "Our starters didn't really have it going at all and our second unit — Andre Miller, Nate Robinson, Jordan Hamilton, Darrell Arthur and Timofey Mozgov — got us back into the game in the second quarter."

The Nuggets fell behind by 15 points early. The reserves trimmed the deficit to six points by the end of the first quarter.

"We came in with the mindset of trying to slow them down," backup forward Darrell Arthur said. "They came out hot, had 31 points in the first quarter and our mindset was just to slow those guys down. I thought we did a great job in the second quarter of limiting them to 14 points."

Denver took the lead in the second quarter and held it, although Toronto hung close until a part of three-pointers by Robinson gave the Nuggets breathing room in the fourth quarter.

Mozgov's 15 rebounds were a career-high, but it was his presence in the paint that impressed teammates most.