Rockets dominate, 127-101
Three pointers from Rockets at Kings
The Rockets continued their road trip out in Sacramento Wednesday night as they took on the Kings in what was expected to be a high scoring affair. After trading leads in the first quarter, the Rockets ran away with entire game before the end of the half. Houston led by as much as 37 at one point. The Rockets are now 32-22, first in the Southwest Division, and fifth in the Western Conference. They trail the Golden State Warriors by 6.5 points.
Size didn't matter
For the first time in the past 3 out of 4 games Houston held their own in the paint despite a significant size disadvantage against Sacramento. Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and forwards Nemanja Bjelica and Marvin Bagley were unable to assert their will on the undersized Rockets as they led the Rockets in points in the paint by an underwhelming 46-44.
Houston found themselves in a dogfight through the first quarter, leading 32-28. The second quarter was anything but as Houston's sharpshooters all heated up and poured it on the helpless Kings to run away with a 44-17 quarter. The Rockets would finish with 20 made threes including 8 from James Harden and 4 each from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green. All three players finished with at least 20 points, while Harden extended his consecutive 30-point streak to 28 games.
Pickpockets and youth
The Kings are a promising young team, but they're also simply a young team. The talent is there, but the fundamentals are still developing. It's a trait most easily noticeable in the turnovers section and the Kings were ran out of the building in that regard. Houston dominated the turnover game, forcing 22 while only committing 12. PJ Tucker ended with a very PJ Tucker statline, scoring an eye-popping 2 points to go with 5 steals and 10 rebounds. Houston out-swiped the Kings as a whole, 13-5
Rockets player of the game:
James Harden: 36 points (8-13 from 3), 6 rebounds
Kings player of the game:
Buddy Hield: 20 points, 10 rebounds
Harden drained eight 3-pointers in the victory Wednesday night. This is the sixth time this season and eleventh in his career where Harden has made eight or more 3-pointers in a game, averaging 43 points per game.
Houston returns home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at 7:30 pm central on ABC.