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April 15, 2013

Harden scores 29 as Rockets beat Kings 121-100

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HOUSTON — Houston's reserves maintained a comfortable lead in the final quarter. Carlos Delfino scored 14 and first-round pick Terrence Jones had nine points and a season-high five blocks.

The Rockets shot 54 percent (45 of 83) and finished 29-12 at the Toyota Center in the regular season — their best home record since they went 33-8 in 2008-09.

Parsons showed no lingering signs of the calf injury, finishing an early fast break with a reverse layup. Harden had 10 points and three assists in the first eight minutes and Houston started building its lead.

DeMarcus Cousins shoved Greg Smith after a layup and earned a technical foul, his NBA-leading 16th of the season. Harden sank the ensuing free throw and Houston led 27-19.

The Rockets went 14 for 23 from the field in the first quarter then opened the second with a 7-0 burst to stretch the gap to 16. Sacramento missed five straight shots until Patrick Patterson hit a hook shot. Toney Douglas, who was traded by Houston with Patterson and Cole Aldrich to the Kings just before the deadline, hit a 3 and the Kings went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to four.

Harden faked out Jimmer Fredette on a driving layup, but Aldrich blocked a shot by Asik and Salmons converted a three-point play for Sacramento. Parsons and Harden made consecutive 3-pointers to put Houston back on track. Houston held Sacramento scoreless for the last four minutes of the first half, finishing with a 14-0 run to lead 62-44.

Notes: The Kings have lost six of their last seven. ... Sacramento reached 100 points for the 25th time in its last 30 games. ... The Rockets have hit 848 3-pointers this season, passing the previous NBA record set by Orlando (841) in 2009-10. The New York Knicks had already passed the Magic's mark with 868 3s this season. ... Houston's 29 home wins are the third-most in a season since the franchise moved to the Toyota Center before the 2003-04 season.

 

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