Sacramento Kings Pound Houston Rockets Behind 26 From Rudy Gay

 

Dec 15, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) celebrates with forward Rudy Gay (8) after a play against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points and eight assists and Derrick Williams tossed in 11 points off the bench for the Kings.

James Harden led Houston (16-9) with 25 points, Chandler Parsons had 19 and Aaron Brooks had 13 off the bench. Parsons had five assists for the Rockets.

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.

Topics: Sacramento Kings

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