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March 26, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Rockets

FINAL-OVERTIME
Rockets 113, Kings 106

HOUSTON - The Kings' struggles on the road continued as a 16-point lead in the first half wasn't enough to hold off the Rockets at Toyota Center.

The Kings (17-32) have now lost three games in a row.

The Kings' offense slipped in the second half and overtime and the Rockets finally pulled away in overtime. After shooting 50 percent in the first half the Kings ended the game shooting 42.7 percent.

DeMarcus Cousins finished with a career-high 38 points but did not score in overtime until there were 9.3 seconds to play and the game was pretty essentially decided. The Kings either couldn't or just didn't get him the ball enough in overtime where he had an advantage against former college teammate Patrick Patterson.

Marcus Thornton finished with 27 points. Tyreke Evans (12 points) and Terrence Williams (10 points) were the only other King in double figures. Evans also had a career-high six steals.

Patterson had 24 points off the bench for the Rockets (27-23). Luis Scola added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

FOURTH QUARTER
Kings 99, Rockets 99

HOUSTON - Marcus Thornton missed a three pointer to win the game with 0.9 seconds to play.

DeMarcus Cousins has a career high with 36 points to go with 12 rebounds. Thornton has 27 points.

Patrick Patterson has 22 points off the bench to lead Houston. Luis Scola has 18 points and 12 rebounds.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 72, Rockets 71

HOUSTON - The Kings struggled with their shooting in the third quarter and the Rockets took advantage to make this a close game.

The Kings shot 33 percent in the third (7-of-21) while the Rockets shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21).

The Rockets were able to tie the game twice but never took the lead.

DeMarcus Cousins has 22 points and nine rebounds for the Kings. Marcus Thornton has 21 points. Tyreke Evans has a career-high six steals.

Courtney Lee leads the Rockets with 14 points.


HALFTIME
Kings 51, Rockets 42

HOUSTON - If not for their own mistakes, the Kings would be up by double digits.

The Kings have 10 turnovers in the first half and their lead that was once 16 points was cut down to four at 46-42 with 1:50 left in the second quarter.

The Rockets have 13 points off Kings' turnovers to help offset their bad shooting. Houston is shooting 34 percent (16-of-47). That includes missing 9-of-10 from three-point range.

The Rockets have 10 turnovers, too, leading to 16 points for the Kings.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 16 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 14 points.

The Kings are shooting 50 percent, but only have two bench points. Smart didn't say with his bench long in the second quarter after the Rockets pulled within five to start the quarter.

Patrick Patterson came off the bench to lead the Rockets with 10 points.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 29, Rockets 17

HOUSTON - The Kings are off to a good start, which has been rare on the road this season.

One reason the Kings are 4-21 on the road has been their slow starts. But after giving up the first two points of the game, the Kings went on a 14-2 run.

The Kings are shooting 50 percent (12-of-24) and led by as many as 16 points. Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins each have seven points. Cousins also has five rebounds.

Donte' Greene started for Jason Thompson (sprained left ankle) and had six points.

The Rockets are shooting 26.1 percent (6-of-23). Houston also had six turnovers, which led to 10 points for the Kings.




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