Andre Iguodala didn't even look. He just knew, because, darn it, it was that kind of night.

With his back to the basket near the paint, he received a pass and, like a hockey one-timer, flung the thing toward the basket. So what if Dwight Howard was there? Kenneth Faried soared above the 7-footer and unleashed a slam, a sixth-sense assist for Iguodala.

Fittingly in Denver's 119-108 win Monday night against the Lakers, the basket made for the Nuggets' 78th point in the paint, tying a season high.

The Nuggets were flying above the Lakers like they were playing Quidditch. Dunk! Dunk! Dunk!

The Nuggets average an NBA-best 56.8 points in the paint, but with 4:27 left in the third quarter — yes, the third quarter — Denver notched its 58th point in the paint. Denver finished with those 78.

The Pepsi Center, as it is against the Lakers, was also sort of like the Staples Center. Hundreds of Lakers fans, even a couple who weren't obnoxious, took over certain sections of the arena, creating an intense, playoff atmosphere in mid-February. But the Nuggets fed off it, as they're wont to do. The Nuggets entered the night a jaw-dropping 23-3 at home — only the Spurs, at 22-2, had a better home record in the conference. Denver's three home losses were against the Heat on Nov. 15, the Timberwolves on Jan. 3 and the Wizards on Jan. 18 (the Wizards are the Nuggets' kryptonite). The Nuggets entered Monday winners of eight consecutive home games.