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.

Bombs Away

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

Last Shot:

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.

Next up:

Houston returns home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at 7:30 pm central on ABC.

The winner of the contest will be announced at a Rockets game in early April. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

This article originally appeared on InnovationMap and was written by Natalie Harms.

Houston startups have a chance at $10,000 thanks to the Houston Rockets and BBVA Compass' LaunchPad Contest. The application process begins on February 19 and concludes on March 5.

In its third installment, the contest is doing things a little differently this year. Previously, small businesses had to respond to questions about their organization and what they would do with the prize money. This year, with a special focus on startups, applicants are also being asked about using new technology to increase productivity.

"BBVA Compass is in a unique position and we want to leverage that to help elevate entrepreneurship through digital capabilities," says BBVA Compass Houston CEO Mark Montgomery in a release. "We are a leader in the financial industry's digital transformation, and have won multiple awards because of our innovative products and services in that realm. We want to create ample opportunities for a rising business through that industry-leading expertise. The Rockets are excellent teammates, and we are excited to unveil this new version of our collaborative contest with them."

Following the application process, BBVA and the Rockets will select four finalists before opening the contest up to fans to pick their favorite. The winner will then be announced at a game in early April. The winning company will receive, in addition to the $10,000, consultations with both BBVA and the Rockets executives.

"We are excited to partner with BBVA again for this annual contest," says Rockets Chief Revenue Officer Gretchen Sheirr in the release. "They have been best in class in their industry with their digital strategy, so it's fantastic that they will be providing an opportunity for other businesses to thrive in this space. We look forward to reviewing our fans' contest submissions and seeing the great work being done by startup businesses in our great city."

Continue reading on InnovationMap to learn about last year's Launchpad winner.

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