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January 13, 2012
Kings at Rockets: Five things to watch

HOUSTON - The Kings finally won a road game Wednesday in Toronto and will look to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Here are five things to watch for as the Kings go for win No. 5 this season against the Houston Rockets.

1. Practice becomes public
DeMarcus Cousins and Samuel Dalembert were teammates last season. Dalembert will start for Houston at center tonight, so we might have an idea what Cousins learned going against Dalembert last season.

2. Jimmer finding a groove
Rookie Jimmer Fredette is still learning the NBA game and what shots he can take in the NBA. He's the Kings' best outside shooter but still hasn't shown that consistently to start his career. Coach Keith Smart continues to encourage Fredette to be aggressive within the offense.

3. Tough task
Rockets forward Luis Scola will require special attention from the Kings' defense. Chuck Hayes is still out so J.J. Hickson will likely start out trying to make sure Scola doesn't get going offensively.

4. Tracking Lowery
Rockets point guard Kyle Lowery has emerged as more than a role player these days. He's averaging 15 points and his 9.4 assists per game is third in the NBA. This will be a tough matchup for Fredette or Isaiah Thomas.

5. Stay on Martin
Former Kings guard Kevin Martin is averaging a team-best16.7 points for Houston, but that's his lowest average since his second season in the NBA (10.8 ppg in 2005-06). The Kings need to be disciplined off screens and not foul Martin to give him easy points.

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