Cousins, Gay help Kings edge Rockets

Updated: December 31, 2013

Houston, TX ( – DeMarcus Cousins saved his best for last.

In the final minute of the game, Cousins scored to put his team ahead, stole
the ball and took a charge to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Houston
Rockets, 110-106.

The Rockets led 104-101 with 1:40 left in the game, before a reverse layup
from Cousins brought the Kings within one. After a miss from behind the arc by
James Harden, Cousins put back a miss by Ben McLemore to put the Kings
ahead for good with 56.3 seconds to play.

Cousins had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Rudy Gay netted 25 points and Isaiah
Thomas scored 17 points and had 10 assists for the Kings, who have won two
of their last three.

Harden led all scorers with 38 points and added 10 rebounds, while Dwight
Howard had 15 points and eight rebounds for Houston, which has
lost two straight. Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons contributed 14 and
13 points, respectively.

After Cousins’ putback put the Kings ahead, he stole the ball from Harden to
lead to an easy fastbreak layup by McLemore that give Sacramento a 107-104
lead with 38.8 seconds left.

Harden drove hard to the rim on the next trip down the floor, but Cousins
gained position in time to take the charge with 30.9 seconds to play.

The Rockets fouled the rest of the way and managed one more basket, a Lin
dunk, before time expired.

Houston put together an 11-2 run in the third quarter to take a 67-65 lead
with 7:15 remaining in the frame. The lead change and tie were both the first
of seven apiece during the quarter.

With the game tied at 77-77 with 2:48 left in the third, the Rockets closed
out the quarter with a 9-3 run to lead by an 86-80 score.

The Kings jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage in the first two minutes,
which the Rockets followed up with an 8-4 burst. After the teams traded
baskets over the last 5 1/2 minutes of the first quarter, the Kings led by a
29-24 count.

Harden put a trey through the twine with 5:22 left in the second quarter to
tie the game at 42-42.

The teams then traded the lead four times over the next minute-plus before
Sacramento pulled ahead. Gay nailed a pull-up jumper from 18 feet with 3:56 to
play in the first half to put the Kings up 47-46.

Sacramento led 58-52 at halftime.

Game Notes

Terrence Jones scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds for the Rockets … Marcus
Thornton had 15 points, McLemore added 13 and Jimmer Fredette scored 10 for
Sacramento … The Kings went 42-for-85 from the field, while Houston went 39-