Harden, Rockets dismantle Kings

Harden, Rockets dismantle Kings
April 14, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Highlights: Rockets crush Kings at Toyota Center


The Rockets ended their home regular-season schedule in style by defeating the Kings 121-100.

It was a nice break for the regulars, as they could come out of the game early, but when they were in, they were dominant, especially James Harden. He finished with 29 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals, and only two turnovers.

Chandler Parsons had a nice first game back from a strained right calf, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and five assists. All in all, a good night for Red Nation.
The Rockets were only up 48-44 at the 3:18 mark of the second quarter. Then, they ended the half on a 14-0 run, which combined with the third quarter, turned into a 19-0 run to expand the lead to 67-44. Game over, pretty much.
The Rockets did a good job getting high-percentage shots and they converted, going 45-83 from the field for 54 percent.

From distance, the Rockets shot 13-27 for 48 percent. Harden, of course, led the way with 11-16 shooting and 4-6 from three-point land.
The Rockets were average from the line on Sunday night, going 18-24 for 75 percent. This was Harden’s only category where he was off. Normally an 86-percent shooter from the line, Harden was only 3-7 from the stripe on Sunday.
Harden had two brilliant alley-oop feeds: one to Greg Smith, the other to Chandler Parsons. Parsons also had a fast-break dunk in the first half. Omer Asik added a flush early on. In the fourth quarter, Terrence Jones turned some of his energy into a dunk too. As time wound down, Thomas Robinson added a flush of his own to the Rockets party.

The Rockets immediately get on a plane for a road game Monday against the Suns. Houston, of course, just beat the Suns last week on a last-second Jermaine O’Neal goaltend.