SACRAMENTO -- Second year forward Chandler Parson continued his hot streak for Houston, scoring a game-high 29 points led the Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena. Houston remained in the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race with the victory. The Rockets are three games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and trail the Golden State Warriors by a half game. The Rockets (42-33) won their third consecutive game. The loss was the second loss in a row for Sacramento (27-48). The game was played the same day that city officials traveled to the NBA offices in New York in an attempt to convince the league's owners to keep the team from being sold to a Seattle group and moving it to the Northwest city. On the court, the Kings got within three points at 96-93, but te Rockets the game on a 16-9 run that included six points by Terrance Jones, who came off the bench to score 14 points. Parsons' 12-of-18 shooting paced the Rockets. James Harden added 21 points and nine assists while Jeremy Lin had 15 points and 10 assists. Omer Asik scored 19 points. Tyreke Evans scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter to lead Sacramento. Center DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and six rebounds while Jason Thompson added 17 points and 15 rebounds.. The Rockets led 59-55 at the half. Harden paced all scorers in the first half with 15 points while Cousins had 14 points. NOTES: The Kings were playing the second game in a five-game home stand. ... This was the first return for Francisco Garcia to Sleep Train Arena following a Feb. 20 trade that sent the eighth-year guard to Houston. Sacramento fans gave Garcia a stand ovation when he entered the game with 1:57 left in the first quarter. ... Sacramento is 8-11 since the trade. ... The Kings had a 7-8 record in the month of March, which equals the most wins in a calendar month for Sacramento since March 2008. ... Kings will play the role of spoiler in six of the team's final games. Those six opponents are all vying for playoff spots, including the Rockets. ... The Kings lead the NBA in scoring (108.4 points per game) since the All-Star break. ... Former King and Rocket, Brad Miller, sate courtside near the Houston bench.
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