Houston placed all five starters in double-figure scoring in registering a 103-89 win vs.Sacramento(1/13/12).
The Last Time: Houston had three 20-point scorers and took a 55-36 (+16) rebounding edge in downing the Kings by a 103-89 count (1/13/12). Kyle Lowry had 25 points (7-15 FG, 8-8 FT), nine assists and seven boards. Samuel Dalembert posted 21 points (9-11 FG), 16 rebounds (7 offensive) and four blocks against his former team. Luis Scola recorded 21 points (9-23 FG), 11 rebounds and five assists, giving him four career 20-point, 10-rebound outings against the Kings. Tyreke Evans notched a game-high 27 points (11-22 FG), six boards, five assists and three steals for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas scored 13 points (4-4 FT) and dished out five assists, leading a 42-point scoring night for the Sacramento bench. Donté Greene added 11 points (4-8 FG) and a team-high eight rebounds off the bench. DeMarcus Cousins had four points (1-7 FG), four boards and three blocks. The Rockets also outrebounded the Kings by a 50-38 (+12) edge last season atSacramento (12/19/10).
Series Notes: Sacramento took a 104-101 win last season at Houston (4/5/11), snapping a four-game winning streak for the Rockets over the Kings … the Rockets were 44-of-83 (.530) from the field in a 123-101 win last year at Sacramento (3/7/11) … Houston made its first 25 free throw attempts en route to finishing 26-of-27 (.963) from the line at Sacramento (3/7/11) … the Rockets also set the team record for most free throws attempted without a miss (23-23 FT) in 2009-10 at Sacramento (4/12/10) … the two teams combined for 21 blocks (Rockets 11, Kings 10) last season at Sacramento (12/19/10) … both teams hit .500 from the field (Kings .525, 42-80 FG and Rockets .500, 46-92 FG) and placed seven players in double-digit scoring last season at Houston (12/14/10) … Houston had 31 assists and 11 steals last season vs. Sacramento (12/14/10) … Kevin Martin registered 30 points (12-25 FG) last year vs. Sacramento (4/5/11) … the Kings hit 44-of-83 (.530) from the field at Houston (4/5/11), which came despite going 1-of-11 (.091) from beyond the arc … DeMarcus Cousins posted 15 points (6-8 FG) and 15 rebounds (13 defensive) last year at Houston (4/5/11).
Connections: Rockets center Samuel Dalembert averaged 8.1 points, 8.2 boards and a team-high 1.45 blocks in 80 games (46 starts) during his lone season with Sacramento (2010-11) … Houston acquired guard Kevin Martin from Sacramento as part of a three-team, nine-player trade on Feb. 18, 2010 … Sacramento Assistant Coach Bobby Jackson played in 26 games with the Rockets in 2007-08 … the Kings acquired forward Donté Greene from the Rockets in a trade on Aug. 14, 2008 … Sacramento forward/center Chuck Hayes averaged 4.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.87 steals in 424 games (233 starts) over six seasons with Houston (2005-11) … Kings guard/forward Terrence Williams joined Sacramento from Houston.
Houstonhas now taken the battle of the boards in four straight games (3/18/12-3/24/12), including a 48-31 (+17) advantage vs.GoldenState(3/22/12) and 52-38 (+14) edge vs.Dallas(3/24/12). This run matches the longest such streak of the season.
Goran Dragic finished with his best point total as a member of the Rockets by scoring a team-high 24 points (7-14 FG, 5-6 FT) vs. Dallas (3/24/12), including a season-high five makes (5-7 3FG) from beyond the arc. It was Dragic’s fourth 20-point game of the season.
Chandler Parsons posted his second consecutive double-double with 12 points (5-16 FG), a career-high-tying 11 rebounds and six assists vs.Dallas (3/24/12). Parsons also had 20 points (8-16 FG) and a career-high 11 boards vs.GoldenState (3/22/12).
Luis Scola registered 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-6 FT) vs.Dallas (3/24/12) and a career-high-tying three blocks (done three times: last on 3/20/11 vs.Utah).