On top of league and franchise records for points in the quarter, the Warriors also poured in 10 first-quarter 3-pointers - another franchise record, for any quarter, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Warriors "big three" of Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson notched up 89 points between them, in a game that saw Golden State set a new National Basketball Association record for points scored in one quarter. "We're going to build upon it, '" Butler said.
Michael Beasley scored 22 points to lead five Nuggets players in double figures, but Denver simply couldn't keep pace and the Warriors, who have struggled with injuries and inconsistency in the first half of the season, improved to 30-14 - half a game ahead of the 29-14 Nuggets.
"I was a Rams fan growing up", Kerr said. "They came in focused and aggressive".
There were plenty of reasons that Denver lost, but the Nuggets did a bad job in running shooters out of their spots, fighting through picks and keeping their hands up - and the Warriors made them pay.
Joel Embiid led the hosts with 31 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 37th double-double of the campaign, as Jimmy Butler added an efficient 19 points in his first game against the team he demanded to be traded from past year - a deal that sent forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric to the Wolves. Their 21 three-pointers were a team record. The Nuggets narrowed the deficit to just 12 at one point but entered the half down 79-60.
"We know who's been playing well-and to be honest, we haven't played as well against the playoff teams in the West", he said.
"Look, I'll tell you right now, when I went into halftime I said, 'We're not giving up this lead". Unfortunately for Denver, all three had it going on the night.
In Indianapolis, the Indiana Pacers led wire-to-wire in a 131-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Durant had 17 in the first quarter and capped the period with a 3-pointer and a dunk in the closing seconds. Lavine gets 10.2 of his 23.2 points points per game in the paint.
"I didn't see this one coming", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitted.
In Atlanta, the Hawks pulled away with a 24-8 fourth-quarter scoring run to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126.
The Warriors came out of the gates firing, shooting a red-hot 19-for-25 (76 percent) from the field and 10-for-14 from 3-point range in the first 12 minutes.
"51 points in a quarter is mind boggling", Malone said.
Sixers centre Joel Embiid scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.