Kings start slow but wear out the rockets


January 14, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (0) dribbles the ball past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada – USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Bagley III recorded season-highs with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and De’Aaron Fox notched a season-high 27 points Friday night as the Sacramento Kings overcame a slow start to pass the visiting Houston Rockets 126- 114.

Buddy Hield and Terence Davis combined seven 3-pointers and 33 points off the bench for the Kings, who won a second straight game for only the sixth time this season.

Christian Wood led a balanced offense with 26 points for the Rockets, who started a five-game road trip with a win at San Antonio on Wednesday.

The clubs will meet in a rematch, also in Sacramento, on Sunday.

Wood had 15 of his 26 points in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the game, helping the Rockets take a 26-16 lead that turned into a 40-31 advantage by the end of the period.

But Sacramento, playing at home for the third time in a five-game homestand, got past the visitors at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Down 19 with 7:51 left, the Rockets rallied in seven on three occasions, most recently when Wood finished a three-point play with 2:05 left.

But Harrison Barnes immediately replied with a hoop, and he, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield combined to hit six consecutive free throws, allowing the hosts to keep the Rockets at bay.

Bagley’s 26 points came on 12-for-20 shooting and were 10 more than any previous game this season. The 13 rebounds bettered the 12 he had amassed twice earlier.

Hield finished with 19 points, 4-for-10 from 3-point range, and Davis had 14 points, connecting on three of his four from long range.

Fox, meanwhile, completed his 27 points with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Barnes had 16 points, while Haliburton contributed 12 assists, nine points and six rebounds in the win.

All five Houston starters scored in double figures, including Jae-Sean Tate, who flirted with a triple-double with 17 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr. had 16 points each and Jalen Green 11 for Houston, while DJ Augustin added 11 off the bench.

Porter also found time for eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals.

–Field level media

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