DeMarcus Cousins shook off early foul trouble to take over the game late in the fourth period to lead the Sacramento Kings to a stunning 110-106 win over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston on New Year’s Eve.
Cousins picked up his second foul just six minutes into the game, but scored 17 points to go with 16 rebounds and four steals, including six points and four boards in the fourth quarter as Sacramento came back from eight points down to get the win.
Rudy Gay led the Kings with 25 points and Isaiah Thomas went for 17 points and 10 assists as the Kings topped the century mark in points for the seventh straight game. For Gay, it was his seventh game of 20 points or more in 10 games since coming to the Kings from the Toronto Raptors last month.
Marcus Thornton came off the bench to score 15 points for the Kings and Jimmer Fredette had a season-high 10 points in 13 minutes. Ben McLemore had 13 points for Sacramento.
The win offset a huge night for Houston star James Harden, who finished with a season-high 38 points and 10 assists. Dwight Howard had 15 points, Jeremy Lin added 14, Chandler Parsons scored 13 and Terrence Jones had 12 points, 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Sacramento (10-20) has won two of its last three games and earned a split of its two-game Texas trip. Houston fell to 21-13.
The Kings were 42-for-85 (49.4 percent) overall, 7-for-22 (31.8 percent) from 3-point land and 19-for-23 (82.6 percent) from the line.
The Rockets countered with 39-for-81 (48.1 percent), 7-for-28 (25 percent) and 21-for-33 (63.6 percent).
Houston won the boards 43-39, but committed 16 turnovers that led to 23 points for Sacramento.
The Kings return home to host the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena Thursday night. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Pacific.