The last time the Nuggets did this, they weren't even the Nuggets.

On Jan. 25, 1970, the Denver Rockets won their 15th consecutive game, a franchise record that lasted through a name change and a league change, through Moe and Mutombo and Melo.

But Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, the current Nuggets matched the streak, tying a franchise record that's stood six years longer than Andre Miller's life.

It wasn't easy. And it took a clutch three-point play by Miller to secure the 101-95 win against Sacramento. Denver led by just three points with less than a minute left, when the 37-year-old point guard suddenly streaked to the basket for a quick layup and was fouled. The free throw gave Denver a 97-92 lead, and the Kings couldn't recover.

We definitely can win better," Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said. "We all think we can do something special this year, so we cannot allow ourselves to have bad stretches in these types of games, especially at home. (Coach George Karl) was pretty mad, he was not happy with us. He was saying we can't allow ourselves to do this, because this is the last stretch before the playoffs."

Yes, perhaps the Nuggets should have smacked around the Kings with ease. Just like the previous game against the 76ers. But the Nuggets found a way to win, with timely contributions of Kosta Koufos, Anthony Randolph and other surprise fourth-quarter contributors. Denver now has 49 wins, third-most in the Western Conference.

All five starters scored in double figures, with Gallinari leading the way with 19 points, as well as eight boards, four assists and three steals.

The Nuggets were again without their maestro. Friday, point guard Ty Lawson seemed confident he could play through a right heel bruise Saturday. But after a pregame workout, Lawson was ruled out for the Kings game.