DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas
finished with 19 points and eight assists. Derrick Williams chipped
in 11 points in a reserve role for the Kings, who held the Rockets
under 100 points for the first time in the last nine meetings.
James Harden paced Houston with 25 points before departing midway
through the fourth due to an ankle injury suffered in the third
quarter. Chandler Parsons scored 19 points and Dwight Howard had 13
points and 10 boards as the Rockets finished their three-game road
trip at 1-2.
Thomas had a four-point play to highlight a 12-2 run in the second
quarter as Sacramento took a 57-49 lead into halftime. Harden, who
scored 17 points in the first half, nailed a 3-pointer early in the
third to help the Rockets get back within two, but Cousins and Gay
had four points apiece in a 10-0 burst that made it 73-61 midway
through the stanza.
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Houston, which was a woeful 22-of-38 from the line, never got
any closer than six points in the fourth and fell behind by 13
when Gay nailed a 17-footer with just over seven minutes left.
Aaron Brooks took over for Harden and scored eight of his 13
points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to threaten
GAME NOTEBOOK: Harden twisted his left ankle in the third
quarter and then shot — and made — two free throws while
standing on one foot. ... Rockets G Jeremy Lin sat due to back
spasms while C Omer Asik missed his sixth straight game due to a
bruised right thigh. ... F Travis Outlaw had eight points and
seven rebounds off the bench for Sacramento.
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