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Dwight Howard, James Harden carry Rockets past Kings

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Dwight Howard put up 26 points and added 13 rebounds, his 28th double-double of the season, to lead the Houston Rockets to a blowout victory over the Sacramento Kings, 119-98. The Rockets shot 43-90 (47.8%) from the field and turned it over on only 10 possessions. This is the third straight victory for Houston (29-15).

Howard went 10-13 from the field, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Houston included James Harden with 24 points and 9 assists, Omri Casspi with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, Derrick Williams scored 22 points off the bench for Sacramento on 7-15 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-8 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 20 points and 6 assists and Jason Thompson finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.90, the Rockets are 2-1 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Kings are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

This drops Sacramento (15-26) to 2-1 against Houston on the year.

Coming up, the Rockets play the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 20-20 on the season. The Kings match up against the Indiana Pacers, currently sitting at 33-7 this year. The Rockets came away with a win in two straight games against Memphis. The Kings have a 0-1 record against Indiana this season.


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