11/26 22:58 CST Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89
Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89
HOUSTON (AP) --- James Harden scored 26 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a
102-89 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Harden was 10 for 31 in one of his worst shooting performances of the season,
but also had eight assists and seven rebounds to help Houston to its third
The Rockets (12-3) also got a big lift from Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah
Canaan, who each set a career high for points. Canaan made six 3-pointers and
scored 24 points, and Donatas Motiejunas had 21 points.
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 17 rebounds for the Kings (9-6), and Ben
McLemore and Omri Casspi each scored 14.
Houston played without center Dwight Howard (knee) and point guard Patrick
Beverley (hamstring), while Sacramento was without Rudy Gay (right Achilles
injury) and Darren Collison (quad contusion).
Sacramento had a scary moment late in the third quarter when Cousins went down,
grabbing at a knee in apparent pain. The entire Kings bench, staff and players,
walked onto the court toward the far corner where Cousins was located, but he
slowly got up with a slight limp and remained in the game.
Lacking its main inside presence in Howard, Houston went 12 for 35 from 3-point
range. The Rockets reached double-digits in made 3-pointers in all but three of
their games this season, including four straight.
The Rockets out together a strong start, leading 37-19 at the end of the first
quarter. Harden had 12 points and five assists in the opening period.
The Kings stepped up their defense in the second, allowing just 20 points and
closing to 57-50 at the break.
Sacramento went 22 for 28 at the free-throw line, while Houston was just 6 for
15. The Kings and Rockets began the night ranked first and fourth in free-throw
attempts per game, respectively.
The Rockets have won six of eight since a loss to Golden State ended a 6-0 run
to open the season.