James Harden’s fifth triple-double of the season helped the Rockets to their 8th straight win, beating the Sacramento Kings 132-98 Wednesday night at Toyota Center.
Harden only played 26 minutes and scored 15 points, on just seven field goal attempts, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 14 assists. It’s his fifth triple-double of the season, and 14th of his career, tying Hakeem Olajuwon for the most in team history.
Sacramento sat center Boogie Cousins (rest) and his 28.3 points per game and forward Rudy Gay’s 18.6 (right hip flexor strain) and shot just 42 percent from the field.
The Kings did jump out to a 5-2 lead, but the Rockets responded with a 17-2 run, and never led by fewer than seven the rest of the night. The Rockets pushed their advantage to as many 24 on their way to a 64-43 halftime lead, though Sacramento started quickly after halftime.
Darren Collison’s 3-point play followed Garrett Temple’s 3-pointer to bring Sacramento within 15, but that was as close as they’d get as the Rockets countered with a 33-10 run and led 102-67 after three quarters. Houston’s largest lead of the night was 39.
Ryan Anderson led the Rockets in scoring with 22 points. He knocked down four of the Rockets 19 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Sam Dekker scored a career-high 19 off the bench.
Houston knocked down 22 three-pointers, one off the NBA’s single game record.
The win improves the Rockets to 19-7 on the season, 9-2 inside Toyota Center.
Temple led the Kings with 20 points, while Willie Caley-Stein added 11 off the bench.