The game was still technically in reach for the Rockets when Rudy Gay came up with yet another loose ball, then proceeded to obliterate Patrick Beverley with this monster jam on the fast-break.
Gay’s dunk essentially helped seal the Kings’ 107-97 win over Houston. It was one of six steals for Gay on the night, who chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. He was one of four Sacramento players in double figures for the game. DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the Kings with another huge double-double: 26 points and 12 rebounds on 7-of-17 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from downtown.
Darren Collison filled in beautifully for Rajon Rondo, who was serving a one-game suspension for homophobic comments he made to long-time referee Bill Kennedy, who has since come out as gay. Collison had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with 13 assists and seven rebounds en route to a game-high plus-17 for the night.
James Harden led the way for the Rockets in a losing effort with 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Beverley and Jason Terry added 14 points each, while Dwight Howard was missing in action once again for Houston as he posted just four points on seven total shot attempts in nearly 30 minutes of action while being categorically dominated by Cousins and suffering through foul trouble for most of the contest. The Rockets weren’t able to capitalize on the Kings’ 29 turnovers and got beat on the boards and in the paint as well.