Gordon’s Late Basket Helps Rockets Hold Off Kings 118-112

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Christian Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Eric Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds remaining and the Houston Rockets held disconnected the Sacramento Kings 118-112 connected Sunday night.

Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 points and 7 assists for the Rockets. Garrison Mathews scored 17, portion Eric Gordon and Jalen Green had 15 points apiece.

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“We were acceptable to play tonight,” Rockets manager Stephen Silas said. “We’re not a playoff squad yet but erstwhile we are this is what it’s going to look like. We’re trying to larn arsenic galore lessons arsenic we can. I was arrogant of them for that.”

Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento, 10 of which came successful the 4th quarter. Terence Davis had 17 points, and De’Aaron Fox added 14 points earlier getting ejected successful the 4th aft getting called for a Flagrant 2.

The Rockets, who mislaid to the Kings 126-114 connected Friday, trailed going into the 4th but took power with an 18-5 run. Mathews had 8 points during the run, including a four-point play, moments aft helium crashed to the tribunal pursuing the hard foul by Fox.

After Sacramento got wrong 114-112 with 47.8 seconds remaining, Green grabbed an violative rebound and fed it debased to Gordon who scored. Porter added 2 escaped throws.

“Everybody played big,” Wood said. “It’s bully to spot everybody click connected the aforesaid page. We tin physique disconnected of this.”

Houston held a 47-37 rebounding advantage. Both teams scored 50 points successful the paint.

“We didn’t support them retired of the overgarment and they kept capable of a pb that it puts a batch of unit connected you to score,” Kings interim manager Alvin Gentry said. “We created immoderate truly bully shots. It’s conscionable a substance of america knocking them down.”

The Rockets jumped retired to a accelerated commencement and led 13-0 and 21-5 earlier the Kings got going.

After Barnes’ 3-pointer chopped Houston’s pb to one, Chimezie Metu sank a country 3 that gave the Kings their archetypal lead. Fox aboriginal connected connected a abbreviated jumper and Barnes made a escaped propulsion aft Gordon’s method to enactment Sacramento up 60-55.

The Kings fell down successful the 3rd but closed the 4th connected a 13-4 run.

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For the 2nd crippled successful a row, Wood had a ascendant archetypal quarter, scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. The quality this clip was that the Rockets’ large antheral was capable to enactment connected the court. On Friday, Wood scored 15 points successful the archetypal 7½ minutes but picked up his 3rd foul moments aboriginal and spent the remainder of the fractional connected the bench.


Davis ripped the shot retired of Green’s hands portion the Houston rookie was driving for a layup, drove the magnitude of the tribunal and was fouled portion scoring connected a one-handed dunk. The Rockets challenged the telephone but lost, and Davis completed the three-point play.


Rockets: Wood had 2 steals and 2 blocks. … Jae’Sean Tate and Gordon received a method fouls successful the archetypal half.

Kings: Sacramento missed 7 of its archetypal 9 shots. … Tyrese Haliburton has entered the NBA’s wellness and information protocol. … Marvin Bagley III, coming disconnected his champion crippled of the season, was held retired with close enarthrosis soreness. … Richaun Holmes returned to the lineup aft missing 8 games portion successful the wellness and information protocol. … Damian Jones, besides backmost from the wellness and information protocol, was called for a method foul successful the 2nd quarter.


Rockets: Face the Jazz successful Utah connected Wednesday.

Kings: Host the Pistons connected Wednesday.

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