DeMarcus Cousins puts up double-double, Kings slip by Rockets

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DeMarcus Cousins registered his 18th double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the Sacramento Kings sneak past the Houston Rockets, 110-106. Sacramento (10-20) picked up the win after falling to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Cousins went 7-13 from the field. Other key players for Sacramento included Rudy Gay with 25 points and 6 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas with 17 points and 10 assists. James Harden had another quality performance for Houston despite the loss, scoring 38 points on 12-26 shooting (5-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-10 from the free throw line. He also added 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard added 15 points and 8 rebounds, Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points and 6 assists, and Chandler Parsons put up 13 points and 5 rebounds.

This drops Houston (21-13) to 0-2 against Sacramento on the year.

Coming up, the Kings play the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 9-21 on the season. The Rockets go up against the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 9-21 this year. The Rockets are 1-0 versus New York this season.

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