Highlights: Rockets blow lead against Kings
The Rockets squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter as they fell 117-111 to the previously 18-33 Kings.
Isaiah Thomas had 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. An opportunity was missed for the Rockets to further separate themselves from the pack as the Lakers and Blazers had lost earlier in the day. James Harden scored 30 points, Patrick Patterson finished with 18, and Omer Asik had yet another double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
As much as it will be made about how the Rockets collapsed, it was still a one-point game with just over a minute to go. Houston was down one. Harden drove in, was fouled, but had no foul called. On the other end, Harden was called for fouling John Salmons on a three-point attempt. Three converted free throws later, the Rockets were down 111-107 with about 70 seconds left. From that point on, it was a long battle up.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets shot 44-89 for 49.4 percent. Asik was incredible with an 8-9 shooting night. From distance, Houston shot 10-33 for 30.3 percent. Carlos Delfino led the way with three treys.
AT THE LINE
The Rockets shot 13-17 for 76.5 percent. Surprisingly, it was Harden who missed three of those free throws. To be fair, he had 11 of the team’s 17 attempts.
Jeremy Lin absolutely created a poster by blocking a shot on one end and then dunking on Francisco Garcia on the break on the other end. Asik had several dunks, as did Patrick Patterson.
The path before the All-Star break gets tougher from here on out. Houston travels next to Golden State on Tuesday. The Warriors will be looking to avenge their 140-109 defeat at the hands of the Rockets from a week ago.