The Rockets go above .500 for the first time this season as they as they climb to a 33-32 record after dropping the Kings, 123-101, in Sacramento on Monday night.
Houston struggled offensively in the first quarter, making just seven of 21 shots. But the Rockets switched gears and went on a scoring spree while playing good defense. They led 65-58 at the half. The Rockets pulled away midway through the third quarter and sealed the deal in the fourth.
Every Rockets player that stepped out on court put points on the board. Chase Budinger led the way for the Rockets with 20 points and five rebounds, while both Kyle Lowry and Courtney Lee scored 19 points a piece. Kevin Martin put up 15 points, and Goran Dragic had 10 points. Both Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson scored eight points a piece.
Luis Scola scored 10 points before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. He did not return to the game.
Every Kings player to hit the court also scored points. Six of the 10 Kings players to play scored double-digit points. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings in scoring but scored all 20 of his points in the first half. Shooting guard Marcus Thorton put up 16 points, while Beno Udrih scored 15 and Francisco Garcia had 11. Both Omri Casspi and former Rockets draft pick Jermaine Taylor came off the bench to score 10 a piece for Sacramento.
The victory is coach Rick Adelman’s 935th of his coaching career, which put him on the top 10 all-time list for coaching wins.
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