National Basketball Association
Houston 102, Sacramento 94
When: 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 2, 2021
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
#27 Mitchell Ervin, #53 John Butler, #8 Marc Davis
John Wall had game highs of 28 points, six assists and three steals as the host Houston Rockets capped a back-to-back sweep of the Sacramento Kings with a 102-94 victory on Saturday.
Rockets guard James Harden, who poured in 33 points with eight assists in a 122-119 victory over the Kings on New Year's Eve, was a late scratch with a right ankle sprain. Houston found sufficient scoring elsewhere, with Eric Gordon replacing Harden and recording 21 points.
Christian Wood notched his third double-double for the Rockets with 20 points and 15 rebounds despite dealing with foul trouble in the second half. Sterling Brown had 11 points off the bench.
Houston led 83-81 entering the fourth quarter and quickly established its first double-digit lead of the contest via back-to-back 3-pointers from David Nwaba and Gordon, plus three Gordon free throws that stretched the advantage to 92-81 with 9:30 remaining.
Kings center Richaun Holmes' dunk with 8:23 left cut the deficit to 92-83, but Sacramento followed by logging five scoreless minutes, a stretch that included three turnovers and seven consecutive missed shots.
De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 23 points, while Buddy Hield chipped in 17 points and five 3-pointers. All five Kings starters scored in double figures, but after a scorching start, Sacramento finished just 35 of 90 (38.9 percent) from the floor.
Reminiscent of the Thursday meeting, the Kings and Rockets logged a tightly contested first half that featured 18 lead changes. Wall and Wood combined for the first 19 points for Houston before P.J. Tucker converted at the 4:34 mark of the first quarter. But Hield started 3 of 4 from behind the arc, and his 3-pointer with 3:34 left provided the Kings a 25-23 lead.
Fox and Hield combined for 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first quarter while Sacramento shot 60.9%.
Houston turned a 36-36 tie entering the second quarter into a 48-41 lead but the Kings responded with a 21-9 run featuring seven points from Marvin Bagley III.
Harrison Barnes (19 points) gave the Kings a 62-57 lead with a 3 but Houston turned two second-chance baskets into a 64-64 tie at the break. The Rockets missed 10 of 12 from 3-point range in the second quarter.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
De'Aaron Fox 23
John Wall 28
De'Aaron Fox 4
John Wall 6
Marvin Bagley III 9
Christian Wood 15
De'Aaron Fox 7
||Free Throws Made
Eric Gordon 4
De'Aaron Fox 2
John Wall 3
Richaun Holmes 2
Christian Wood 4
Team Stats Summary
Houston will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Rockets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
Sacramento will play their next game on the road against Golden State. The Kings have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .667 after a loss.