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Sabonis almost scored a triple-double, the Kings drove off the Rockets

Sacramento, California. – Domantas Sabonis had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists as the Sacramento Kings beat the sliding Houston Rockets 135-115 on Wednesday night.

“It all starts with our two All-Star Games,” Kings coach Mike Brown said of Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox.

Fox added 24 points and 9 assists for Sacramento (22-18). Trey Liles scored 15 of his 20 points off the bench in the fourth quarter. Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes finished with 16 points each.

“We feel like we’re a good team, but we feel like we can be a lot better than we are,” Fox said. – It’s good. I am glad that we are not inferior, but I feel that we can be better. We have a long way to go.”

Alperen Sengyun became the youngest center in NBA history to record a triple-double. The 20-year-old finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Houston (10-31).

“It was a great moment for me,” said Sengyun. “I appreciate my whole team.”

Jalen Green scored 26 points for the Rockets, who have lost eight games in a row and 13 of their last 14. Kenyon Martin Jr. has 21 points off the bench.

“It was a combination of missed good shots and open shots,” Rockets coach Steven Silas said of the final quarter. “And then we don’t do what we need to do defensively. … We have to find a way to close these games.”

TIP-INS

Rockets: Garrison Matthews received a rough foul with 2:09 left in the third quarter. … G Kevin Porter Jr. was out 10 minutes later with a bruised left leg. … Houston 4-17 away.

Kings: G Kevin Huerter was ruled out prior to the game due to illness unrelated to COVID-19. Instead, Terence Davis started.

NEXT

The teams end the two-game streak on Friday night with another game in Sacramento.

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