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Recap: Houston Rockets 129 - Sacramento Kings 103

Playing in their fourth game of a 5-game west coast road trip, the Rockets cruised to an easy 129 to 103 win against the Sacramento Kings.

It was all Rockets from the tip to the buzzer. James Harden led the Rockets in the first quarter to a 42-17 lead, finishing with 22 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, 2-2 shooting from three, and hitting 6 of 7 free throws alone in the first quarter. It was a great showing of the Rockets playing their best both offensively and defensively for 12 straight minutes.

The second quarter was much of the same for the Rockets. The Kings went on a bit of a run and cut it within 18 points at the half but the lead would be secured for good in the third quarter. Harden and the Rockets went on another big run in the third quarter and Harden had 43 points by the time the period had ended. Though the Rockets went into snooze mode way too early in the third quarter, their lead was large enough to never have to worry to much about the Kings making a comeback.

All five starters were able to rest for the fourth quarter as they get ready for the Clippers tomorrow. Jordan Hamilton made his Rockets debut and finished with 12 points. Harden finished with 43 points (3 shy of tying his career high), while also adding 8 assists, 3 steals, and committing 5 turnovers. Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds after missing a chunk of the game after banging knees with DeMarcus Cousins.

Speaking of Boogie, Cousins was a part of the Kings “partial” comeback during the game, but finished the game in the locker room. After being called for his 4th foul on a questionable call, Cousins let the officials know of their mistake. But it wasn’t enough to yell at them once. Rudy Gay tried to control the hot-headed Cousins, but after DeMarcus was pulled for committing his 5th foul, he went after the official again and was then sent to the locker room early. That situation led to this series of tweets from yours truly.

I”ll give Cousins a few more minutes next time before praising him.

Rockets/Kings Box Score

The Rockets head down the coast to to finish a 5-game road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tomorrow night’s game is a HUGE measuring stick to see where they hold in the Western Conference. The game is scheduled for 9:30 PM and can be seen on ESPN. 

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