Instant Replay: Rockets blow it vs. Kings

Instant Replay: Rockets blow it vs. Kings
December 31, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Highlights: Rockets drop another to Kings

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The Rockets looked like they were going to sneak past the Kings when they took a three-point lead with under two minutes remaining, but the Kings scored the next nine points and made it two straight wins over the Rockets this season winning, 110-106.

James Harden had a season high 38 points and a season high 10 rebounds, but in the final 100 seconds, he missed both of his shots and had a pair of costly turnovers.

The Rockets closed out December fittingly from behind the 3-point line, making just 7-of-28 shots for the second consecutive game. It was their fourth straight game making 25 percent or worse from behind the 3-point line.

The game was over when
Demarcus Cousins had a pair of buckets on back-to-back possessions turning a three point Rockets lead into a one point Kings lead at 105-104. Harden followed those buckets with a pair of turnovers giving the Kings the path to victory.

If in the first, you don’t succeed
Dwight Howard was scoreless in the first quarter, going 0-1 from the floor and missing all four of his free throw attempts. He started the second quarter and immediately tried to make amends. He hit his first four shots and scored nine points in the first four minutes of the second quarter and finishing the quarter with 13 points.

Highlight of the night
On a very active night for Terrence Jones, he came up with a monster slam on a put-back, throw down. After James Harden missed a jumper, the ball bounded high off the rim and there was Jones way up in the air with it, and he crammed it down and let out a big old scream, it put the Rockets up by four with under eight minutes remaining, 90-86.

Next up
The Rockets stay at home the rest of the week before facing the New York Knicks on Friday night at Toyota Center. It will be the final meeting this season between these teams, with the Rockets looking for the season sweep for the fifth consecutive season over New York.
Houston has won the last eight games against the Knicks, including their 109-106 victory at Madison Square Garden in November. Carmelo Anthony scored 45 points in that game, the only 40-point game by a Rockets opponent this season.

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