Kings 117, Rockets 111
The Kings' lone representative at the upcoming All-Star Weekend carried them to a second consecutive win Sunday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings rallied to beat the Rockets at Sleep Train Arena.
It was just the seventh win in 28 games this season for the Kings when allowing their opponent to score 100 points. Houston eclipsed that mark with plenty of time remaining in the final quarter, but the Kings made enough shots down the stretch and made 16 of 16 free throws in the fourth to ice the win.
Thomas hit a three-pointer to put the Kings ahead 106-105 with 3:13 left, then went right at the Rockets' Jeremy Lin on the Kings' next possession and drew Lin's sixth foul of the game, sending Lin to the bench.
John Salmons also had 23 points for the Kings, including three big free throws after James Harden fouled him on a three-point attempt with 1:09 left. That gave the Kings a 111-107 lead, forcing the Rockets to foul in order to catch up, which they could not.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points but hardly played in the fourth after picking up his fifth foul with 9:33 left. He did not appear again.
Harden led all scorers with 30 points and Patrick Patterson added 18 for the Rockets, who had five players in double figures.
Rockets 86, Kings 84
Carlos Delfino buried a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in the quarter to send the Rockets into the fourth with a lead. Both teams continue to shoot well -- the Rockets are at 52 percent from the floor, the Kings at 47 percent -- but the Kings got a little sloppy with the ball in the third, committing five turnovers after having just four in the first half.
Houston's James Harden leads all scorers with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Delfino and Patrick Patterson have each added 13 points.
DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting but watched the end of the third quarter from the bench after picking up his fourth foul and is not on the court for the start of the fourth.
John Salmons has 13 points and Jason Thompson 12 points for the Kings. After not playing at all in the first half, guard Jimmer Fredette entered for Isaiah Thomas midway through the third and made 1 of 3 shots, a three-pointer from the top of the key. Aaron Brooks, who replaced Thomas in the first half, did not play in the third quarter.
Kings 57, Rockets 53
The Kings are playing about as clean of a game as they can on offense. They are shooting 50 percent (25 of 50) and have only four turnovers. The Kings have 12 assists and every King that has played has scored, led by DeMarcus Cousins with 14 points.
The noticeable change in the first half was Keith Smart going with Aaron Brooks instead of Jimmer Fredette in the first half. Fredette had been the backup point guard the previous three games.
Brooks had two points and two rebounds in the first half.
James Harden led the Rockets with 15 points. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Delfino each have 10 points for the Rockets.
Kings 28, rockets 25
DeMarcus Cousins is off to a good start with 10 points and three rebounds as the Kings have come out with good energy and focus for the second consecutive game.
The Kings shot 59.1 percent with only one turnover. The Rockets had five turnovers that led to eight points for Sacramento.
James Harden led the Rockets with seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
There's another nice crowd tonight at Sleep Train Arena, but unlike Saturday night, the visiting team has a few more supporters.
There are a lot of Jeremy Lin fans in attendance as he received the biggest ovation for the Rockets during pregame introductions and when he made his only basket of the quarter.