With his team trailing, Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas knew he had to be aggressive in the fourth quarter. Thomas became a dominant...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With his team trailing, Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas knew he had to be aggressive in the fourth quarter.
Thomas became a dominant player in the fourth, scoring 17 of his 23 points to help rally the Kings to a 117-111 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
John Salmons also was a huge factor in the fourth quarter for the Kings, getting 10 of his 23 points. He made four three-pointers overall and converted all seven of his free throws in the fourth.
Thomas, the former Washington Husky, was perfect from the free-throw line as well, making all nine attempts in the fourth quarter and 13 of 13 overall. He also had six assists and got the better of Houston point guard Jeremy Lin.
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“I tried to let the game come to me early and it backfired a little bit,” said Thomas, who sparked a Kings win on Saturday night by scoring 25 points against Utah.
“I wanted to force the issue when I got back in the game in the fourth quarter.”
The Kings were trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but Thomas led an offense that was difficult for the Rockets to match.
Houston was outscored 17-7 over a four-minute stretch when the Kings took control of the game.
The Kings converted 26 of 27 free throws.
Percentages: FG .494, FT .765. Three-point goals: 10-33, .303 (Delfino 3-9, Morris 2-4, Patterson 2-4, Harden 2-7, Lin 1-1, Beverley 0-2, Parsons 0-6). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 16 (18 PTS). Blocked shots: 7 (Asik 3, Lin 2, Beverley, Delfino). Turnovers: 15 (Harden 4, Asik 3, Beverley 2, Morris 2, Delfino, Lin, Parsons, Patterson). Steals: 6 (Parsons 3, Harden, Lin, Morris). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .460, FT .963. Three-point goals: 11-20, .550 (Salmons 4-7, Garcia 3-4, Thomas 2-3, Fredette 1-1, Thornton 1-4, Evans 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Team turnovers: 13 (17 PTS). Blocked shots: 2 (Thompson 2). Turnovers: 13 (Evans 2, Robinson 2, Salmons 2, Thomas 2, Thornton 2, Cousins, Garcia, Thompson). Steals: 9 (Salmons 2, Thomas 2, Evans, Garcia, Hayes, Robinson, Thompson). Technical fouls: None.
|Houston||25||28||33||25 — 111|
|Sacramento||28||29||27||33 — 117|
Attendance: 15,526 (17,317). Time: 2:19. Officials: David Jones, Dick Bavetta, Eli Roe.