Kings blown out by Rockets in Houston

February 1, 2017

NBA, Sacramento Kings

By: Eric He

A poor first half felled the Sacramento Kings in Houston, as they were defeated 105-83 by the Rockets on Tuesday night.

Despite James Harden finishing with just 10 points, the Kings could not stop Ryan Anderson, who led all scorers with 25 points and 11 rebounds, including six 3-pointers. Eric Gordon added 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting.

The Kings could not get anything going offensively, held to just 83 points on 34.9 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins had just 16 points and five made field goals.

The second quarter was a particular struggle, when Sacramento scored just 11 points and gave up 25 to Houston. The Rockets led 54-35 at halftime and kept on the gas pedal throughout the second half.

The Kings have now lost three of four games, and consecutive losses to wrap up their eight-game road trip in Philadelphia and Houston.

“We ran out of gas there in the last game against (Philadelphia), but I thought we really ran out of legs tonight,” head coach Dave Joerger said. “We didn’t shoot it well; they are obviously very offensively potent.”

The Kings won five of eight games on the road trip, and will return home to face the Suns on Friday that will kick off a five-game home stand.

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