A few key components were back on the court for the Houston Rockets, and it made all the difference Wednesday night. Chandler Parsons scored 29...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A few key components were back on the court for the Houston Rockets, and it made all the difference Wednesday night.
Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and James Harden added 21 to lead the Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Parsons and Harden, the team’s two leading scorers, returned to the lineup to help the Rockets win their third straight and eighth in 11 games.
Parsons, who made 12 of 18 shots, had missed the previous game with food poisoning, while Harden had been nursing a foot injury. Harden also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
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“It was great to have James and Chandler back,” said Houston center Omer Asik, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. “We knew we had to come in here and play hard. Sacramento has been playing well and they beat us last time. We had to come out tough right from the start.”
Every game is an important one for the Rockets, who are in seventh place in the Western Conference, one game behind sixth-place Golden State, which defeated New Orleans. Both teams have seven games remaining.
Harden said his right foot felt fine, but his energy was a question mark. He showed plenty of energy in the opening quarter, getting off to a fast start with two three-pointers and nine points to help the Rockets to a 27-26 lead.
“This was a big win for us on the road; we knew that Sacramento has been playing well lately,” Harden said. “Golden State is doing a good job of keeping their lead and winning games. We need to do everything we can to keep winning going into the playoffs.”
Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and Marcus Thornton had 21 for the Kings.
DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points. Jason Thompson had 17 points and 15 rebounds.
ROCKETS 112, KINGS 102
Percentages: FG .488, FT .857. Three-point goals: 10-30, .333 (Lin 3-6, Parsons 3-6, Harden 2-8, Garcia 1-3, Motiejunas 1-3, Jones 0-1, Beverley 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 19 (22 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Harden 2, Beverley, Parsons). Turnovers: 19 (Harden 5, Parsons 3, Asik 2, Beverley 2, Garcia 2, Lin 2, Jones, Motiejunas, Smith). Steals: 7 (Asik 2, Garcia 2, Jones 2, Lin).
Percentages: FG .391, FT .824. Three-point goals: 6-21, .286 (Thornton 3-6, Evans 2-5, Thomas 1-7, Douglas 0-1, Salmons 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 12 (12 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Thompson 2, Aldrich, Thomas). Turnovers: 12 (Cousins 2, Douglas 2, Thomas 2, Thornton 2, Aldrich, Evans, Hayes, Patterson). Steals: 12 (Evans 4, Cousins 2, Thornton 2, Douglas, Salmons, Thomas, Thompson).
|Houston||27||32||29||24 — 112|
|Sacramento||26||29||28||19 — 102|
Attendance: 12,377 (17,317). Time: 2:12. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Curtis Blair, Sean Wright.