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April 14, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Rockets

Rockets 121, Kings 100

HOUSTON - This isn't exactly finishing the season strong.

The Kings dropped their second consecutive game as the Rockets rested their key players most of the fourth quarter of the rout.

The Kings play at Oklahoma City Monday night, their final road game of the season.

The Rockets (45-35) weren't challenged most of the night. Houston shot 54.2 percent for the game while the Kings shot just 39 percent.

The Kings also allowed 23 points off turnovers.

James Harden had 29 points and nine assists to lead the Rockets.

John Salmons led the Kings (28-52) with 14 points. Isaiah Thomas had 10 points and 10 assists. Cole Aldrich had career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Rockets 94, Kings 76

HOUSTON - James Harden continues to lead a dominant effort from the Rockets. Harden has 29 points and nine assists.

Meanwhile the Kings continue to shoot poorly (39.5 percent). The Rockets are shooting 54.7 percent.

Isaiah Thomas has matched his season-high with nine assists, but the offense has largely been ineffective. The Kings are 6 of 19 on three pointers and have allowed 16 points off 10 turnovers.

John Salmons has a team-high 14 points for the Kings.

The Rockets have scored easily with 48 points in the paint.

Rockets 62, Kings 44

HOUSTON - The Kings trailed by three with 4:23 left in the first half.

That ends the first half highlights for the Kings.

The Rockets outscored Sacramento 17-2 to close the second quarter and remain comfortably ahead of the Kings.

The biggest problem has been James Harden, who has 23 points and five assists for the Rockets. Chandler Parsons added 11 points for Houston.

Tyreke Evans has 10 points for the Kings after playing only in the first quarter. The Kings are shooting just 35.3 percent (18 of 51) while the Rockets are at 55.8 percent (24 of 53).

The Kings have already given up 27 fast break points and 12 points off turnovers.

Rockets 33, Kings 24

HOUSTON - The Kings haven't lost this game yet, but might have lost DeMarcus Cousins for tomorrow night's game at Oklahoma City.

Cousins was called for a technical foul with 2:47 left in the first quarter for shoving Houston forward Greg Smith. If the call is not rescinded, it will be Cousins' 16th technical foul of the season and would mean an automatic suspension for one game.

That issue aside, the Kings allowed the Rockets to shoot 60.9 percent while managing to shoot just 37.5 percent.

James Harden is having his way with 15 points and three assists. He's made six of his seven shots, including two three pointers.

Tyreke Evans has 10 points to lead the Kings. Isaiah Thomas has all four of the Kings' assists.

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