Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first game at Sleep Train Arena as a Sacramento King and DeMarcus Cousins got the best of his matchup with All-Star Dwight Howard as the Kings hammered the Houston Rockets 106-91 Sunday afternoon.
The Kings broke out to an eight-point halftime lead and the Rockets never led in the second half.
Gay was 10-for-20 from the floor and also had four steals for Sacramento (7-15), which broke a two-game losing streak and won for the third time in five games.
Cousins, meanwhile, finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, compared to 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Howard, who was also just 5-for-13 from the foul line.
Points in the paint told the story—Sacramento had a 52-42 advantage and also got 20 points off turnovers to just 13 for Houston.
The Rockets, one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the NBA, were just 7-for-27 from behind the arc.
Sacramento begins a four-game road trip Tuesday night against the Bobcats in Charlotte. Tipoff from Time Warner Cable Arena is 4 p.m. Pacific.