Wooden has double-double, Rockets maintain off Kings 118-112

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Christian Wooden had 23 factors and 14 rebounds, Eric Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds remaining and the Houston Rockets held off the Sacramento Kings 118-112 on Sunday night time.

Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 factors and 7 assists for the Rockets. Garrison Mathews scored 17, whereas Eric Gordon and Jalen Inexperienced had 15 factors apiece.

Buddy Hield scored 27 factors for Sacramento, 10 of which got here within the fourth quarter. Terence Davis had 17 factors, and De’Aaron Fox added 14 factors earlier than getting ejected within the fourth after getting referred to as for a Flagrant 2.

The Rockets, who misplaced to the Kings 126-114 on Friday, trailed going into the fourth however took management with an 18-5 run. Mathews had eight factors throughout the run, together with a four-point play, moments after he crashed to the courtroom following the exhausting foul by Fox.

After Sacramento acquired inside 114-112 with 47.8 seconds remaining, Inexperienced grabbed an offensive rebound and fed it low to Gordon who scored. Porter added two free throws.

The Rockets jumped out to a quick begin and led 13-0 and 21-5 earlier than the Kings acquired going.

After Barnes’ 3-pointer lower Houston’s result in one, Chimezie Metu sank a nook 3 that gave the Kings their first lead. Fox later related on a brief jumper and Barnes made a free throw after Eric Gordon’s technical to place Sacramento forward 60-55.

The Kings fell behind within the third however closed the quarter on a 13-4 run.


For the second sport in a row, Wooden had a dominant first quarter, scoring 10 factors and grabbing seven rebounds. The distinction this time was that the Rockets’ massive man was in a position to keep on the courtroom. On Friday, Wooden scored 15 factors within the first 7½ minutes however picked up his third foul moments later and spent the remainder of the half on the bench.


Davis ripped the ball out of Inexperienced’s palms whereas the Houston rookie was driving for a layup, drove the size of the courtroom and was fouled whereas scoring on a one-handed dunk. The Rockets challenged the decision however misplaced, and Davis accomplished the three-point play.


Rockets: Jae’Sean Tate and Gordon acquired a technical fouls within the first half.

Kings: Sacramento missed seven of its first 9 pictures. … Tyrese Haliburton has entered the NBA’s well being and security protocol. … Marvin Bagley III, coming off his greatest sport of the season, was held out with proper shoulder soreness. … Richaun Holmes returned to the lineup after lacking eight video games whereas within the well being and security protocol. … Damian Jones, additionally again from the well being and security protocol, was referred to as for a technical foul within the second quarter.


Rockets: Face the Jazz in Utah on Wednesday.

Kings: Host the Pistons on Wednesday.


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