Jan 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay (8) controls the ball during the first quarter as Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 119 Sacramento Kings 98-Recap

 

The wait seemed too long, but the Houston Rockets were finally able to beat the Sacramento Kings, cruising to a 119-98 win.

Dwight Howard led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and James Harden made 10 of 10 free throws en route to a 24-point, 9 assist performance. Chandler Parsons also added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Omri Casspi scored 20 points and grabbed 12 boards off the bench. Jeremy Lin also added 13 points.

With the Kings up 12-7 early in the 1st quarter, Rudy Gay was forced to leave the game after limping off the court from an injured achilles. The Rockets would go on a quick 8-2 run, and would never trail for the remainder of the game.

 

Sacramento Kings

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Jason Thompson, PF 22 6-8 0-0 0-0 3 5 8 1 1 0 1 4 -15 12
Rudy Gay, SF 6 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 4
DeMarcus Cousins, C 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 4 3 1 2 0 2 +1 2
Isaiah Thomas, PG 39 6-16 2-9 6-10 0 3 3 6 2 1 4 5 -23 20
Marcus Thornton, SG 22 2-8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 -17 4
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Carl Landry, PF 12 2-8 0-0 2-2 3 3 6 0 0 0 2 2 -6 6
Derrick Williams, PF 40 7-15 3-6 5-8 4 7 11 1 0 0 1 1 -23 22
Travis Outlaw, SF 6 0-2 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 +7 1
Quincy Acy, SF 11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Aaron Gray, C 12 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 -17 0
Ray McCallum, PG 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 +4 2
Jimmer Fredette, PG 18 4-6 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 -12 14
Ben McLemore, SG 35 3-10 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 5 -7 11
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
34-86 12-30 18-30 11 31 42 19 5 6 13 26 98
39.5% 40.0% 60.0%
Fast break points:   5
Points in the paint:   32
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (14)

Houston Rockets

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 29 2-6 0-1 2-3 1 8 9 2 0 1 1 6 +17 6
Chandler Parsons, SF 35 7-15 3-7 2-2 4 6 10 4 0 0 2 0 +17 19
Dwight Howard, C 32 10-13 0-0 6-17 4 9 13 1 1 4 2 1 +10 26
Patrick Beverley, PG 33 2-9 1-4 1-2 1 5 6 8 2 1 0 4 +31 6
James Harden, SG 33 7-16 0-5 10-10 0 2 2 9 2 2 3 2 +12 24
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Robert Covington, SF 10 2-5 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 -3 5
Omri Casspi, SF 33 9-15 2-5 0-0 3 9 12 1 1 0 1 4 +18 20
Jeremy Lin, PG 30 4-10 1-4 4-6 1 0 1 4 1 1 1 3 +9 13
Aaron Brooks, PG 5 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Greg Smith, PF Has not entered game
Terrence Jones, PF Has not entered game
Ronnie Brewer, SF Has not entered game
Francisco Garcia, SG Has not entered game
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
43-90 8-31 25-40 14 41 55 29 8 9 10 21 119
47.8% 25.8% 62.5%
Fast break points:   29
Points in the paint:   66
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   11 (10)

 

The Kings would take another injury hit in the second quarter when DeMarcus Cousins rolled his left ankle going for a layup. Patrick Beverley was able to swat the shot away, and stared Cousins down while he was on the ground in the pain, which led to a technical foul.

Granted the 2 main players were injured, but the Rockets were able to take advantage of the short-handed Kings. They dominated the boards(55-41), controlled the lane(66-32 in points in the paint), and held the Kings to just 39 percent(34 for 86) shooting.

 

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