Kings edge Rockets despite 38 from Harden

Kings edge Rockets despite 38 from Harden
December 31, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Rudy Gay led the Kings with 25 points in their 110-106 win over the Rockets on Tuesday night. (USATSI)

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HOUSTON -- Rudy Gay had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins took over late in the fourth quarter to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 110-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Kings trailed by three points before Cousins scored four quick points to make it 105-104. He then stole the ball fromJames Harden and passed to Ben McLemore for an easy layup.

On the next play, Cousin took a charge from Harden to give the Kings the ball back.

The late comeback ruined a big night by Harden, who finished with a season-high 38 points and had 10 rebounds and two steals.

Gay has scored at least 20 points in seven of his 10 games since being traded from Toronto. Cousins had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four steals, and Marcus Thornton added 15 points.

Isaiah Thomas scored six straight points for Sacramento to give the Kings a 101-100 lead with 2:39 remaining. That spurt was capped by his only 3-pointer to extend his streak of 24 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. He had 17 points and 10 assists.

A dunk by Terrence Jones and a jump shot by Harden put Houston back up 104-101 before Cousins went to work.

Dwight Howard had 15 points and eight rebounds for Houston, and Jeremy Lin added 14 points and six assists.

The game was tied when Harden took over, scoring six of the points in an 8-1 run to give Houston a 98-92 lead with 5 minutes left. He capped it with a 3-pointer with rookie McLemore right in his face and held up three fingers on each hand as the crowd went wild.

Cousins made a dunk which he was fouled on to cut Houston's lead to 88-84 with about 9 1/2 minutes remaining. He slipped after the dunk and remained face down on the court laughing for a few seconds before getting to his feet and missing the free throw.

His dunk was part of a 10-2 run that tied it at 90 with 7 minutes left.

Quincy Acy gave Sacramento a one-point lead with a layup with about 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Rockets regained the lead with a 10-3 run to end the quarter and make it 86-80.

Sacramento had a 60-52 lead early in the third quarter before Harden got hot. He scored nine points for Houston during a 15-7 spurt that put the Rockets up 67-65.

Jason Thompson received a technical after that for a clear path violation when he pushed Harden in the back on a fast break. Harden finished the play after the whistle with a one-handed dunk before making one of two free throws.

NOTES: Houston C Omer Asik missed his 15th straight game with thigh and knee injuries. ... Sacramento has scored at least 100 points in its last seven games.

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