The Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari, who scored 23 points in 39 minutes of play. Arron Afflalo and Andre Miller both scored 13 for the Nuggets, who are now 6-2, winning their last four games.
The Hornets were led by Greivis Vasquez, who had 16 points, and Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack, who both had 15. The Hornets fell to 2-5 and have lost their last five after starting the season with two wins.
The Nuggets will travel to San Antonio to face the 5-2 Spurs, and the Hornets will head to Dallas to face the Mavericks before each team heads back to Denver on Monday for a rematch of Friday night's game.