DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points and registered 10 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, to lead the Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Houston Rockets, 106-91. Sacramento (7-15) has won just three of their last 10 games.
Cousins went 7-14 and converted 7-7 from the free throw line. Other key players for Sacramento included Rudy Gay with 26 points and 5 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas with 19 points and 8 assists, and Derrick Williams with 11 points and 6 rebounds. James Harden had another quality performance for Houston in the loss, putting up 25 points on 8-18 shooting (3-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line. Dwight Howard chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Surprisingly, the Rockets offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Kings defense that ranks fifth-worst in the NBA in opponents' eFG% (51.7%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 46.0% in this game, they rank third in the league in that metric at 53.4% this season. The Rockets dished out 15 assists versus 17 turnovers, a ratio of just .88. They are 6-2 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Kings, on the other hand, are undefeated (3-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Houston (16-9) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Golden State on Friday.
Coming up next, the Kings square off with the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 10-14 on the year. The Rockets match up with the Chicago Bulls, currently 9-13 this season.