Instant Replay: Rockets finally beat Kings

Instant Replay: Rockets finally beat Kings
January 22, 2014, 9:45 pm
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The Rockets didn’t waste too much time taking control of the game against the Kings on their way to winning easily, 119-98.

The Rockets turned a 12-7 deficit into 21-17 lead in just about three minutes and never looked back. Houston led by as many as 29 points, just the fourth time this year Houston has led by 29 or more points in any game.

The Rockets were pretty shorthanded, dressing just nine players after Terrence Jones was ruled out with a deep thigh bruise and Ronnie Brewer had a calf injury that kept him out of the game. Omer Asik, Greg Smith and Francisco Garcia all missed the game with knee injuries as well.

Houston beat Sacramento for the first time in three tries this season and this time the Kings top two scorers were unable to finish the game. Rudy Gay limped to the locker room midway through the first quarter with a left achilles injury and would not return. Center Demarcus Cousins rolled his left ankle early in the second quarter and once he rose to his feet, he went straight to the locker room and also did not return.

Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Houston had 29 assists, tying their fourth highest total of the season.

The game was over when
Gay checked out of the game with just under six minutes gone in the first quarter and the Kings really struggled to score after that. Houston quickly erased a three-point deficit and were double –figures, eight minutes later. The lead never got under eight points the rest of the night.

Highlight of the night
James Harden and Howard connected on a pair of alley-oops right before halftime, to push the Rockets advantage back into double-figures just before the break.

Numbers of the night
The Rockets flirted with having four players with double-doubles. Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Omri Casspi had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Chandler Parsons finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and James Harden had 24 points and nine assists.

The last time the Rockets had four players with double-doubles was Jan. 22, 1990. On that night, Hakeem Olajuwon had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Otis Thorpe had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Mitchell Wiggins scored 21 points and grabbed 10 boards and point guard Sleepy Floyd had 14 points and 16 assists in the Rockets 116-104 win over Denver.

Next up
The Rockets five game home stand concludes on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Houston is 2-0 against Memphis so far this season, beating them 93-86 in Memphis and 100-92 in Houston.

Both wins required sizable comebacks from the Rockets. They trailed by 14 points n the first meeting and by 13 points in the second meeting. James Harden missed the first meeting with his sore foot, but scored 27 points against the Grizzlies in the Rockets 100-92 win in Houston. Dwight Howard has scored just 17 points combined in the two games and has yet to play in a fourth quarter against the Grizzlies.

Once it was because Kevin McHale simply left him on the bench, since the five on the floor, including Omer Asik, were playing well. The second time, Howard had been in foul trouble and again, McHale simply watched the five on the floor get the lead and win the game.

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