Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard recorded a double-double of 26
points and 13 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 119-98 drubbing of
the Sacramento Kings.
James Harden tallied 24 points with nine assists and Chandler Parsons had 19
points with 10 rebounds in the win, snapping a two-game skid against
Omri Casspi contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, while Jeremy
Lin added 13 points as a reserve for Houston, which has won three straight
overall and six of its last seven.
Derrick Williams paced the Kings with 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds
off the bench and Isaiah Thomas deposited 20 points and six assists in
Sacramento's third loss in its last four games.
Rudy Gay and Thomas hit successive jumpers midway through the first quarter to
help the Kings to a 12-7 advantage. The lead, however, wouldn't stick as the
Rockets answered with a 14-5 run.
Harden scored eight points during the spurt and Houston never looked back from
The Rockets led 29-22 after the first quarter and owned a 55-44 edge at the
It continued to get worse for Sacramento in the third quarter as Casspi made a
layup to push the lead to 76-54 with just under six minutes left in the frame.
The lead swelled to as many as 29 in the fourth as Casspi nailed a trey to
give the Rockets a 110-81 lead and they coasted in the final minutes.
Houston shot 47.8 percent (43-for-90) from the field ... Jimmer Fredette and
Ben McLemore scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, in defeat ... The Kings
lost Gay in the first quarter to an Achilles injury and DeMarcus Cousins left
in the second with a sprained left ankle ... Houston outscored Sacramento in
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