NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Houston
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Sacramento 84, Houston 81
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Carl Landry put up 22 points and 10 rebounds against his former Rockets teammates, leading the Kings to an 84-81 victory.
Landry was part of a three-team deal at the trade deadline that sent Kevin Martin to Houston. Martin finished 3-for-13 from the field for 14 points to go with eight rebounds, as the Rockets fell for the fifth time in seven games.
"[Landry] played terrific," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "It was amazing to get a road win against a team like Houston."
Sacramento, meanwhile, has won three of four, thanks in part to 13 points from Beno Udrih, 11 from Omri Casspi and 10 from Francisco Garcia.
Luis Scola totaled 19 points, 18 boards and five assists, while Aaron Brooks scored 22 points but missed a big free throw down the stretch and potential tying three-pointer at the final buzzer for Houston.
Sacramento never trailed in the second half, but the Rockets pulled within 82-78 on Jared Jeffries' putback of a Martin miss with 1:25 left to play.
After the Kings missed twice on an extended possession, Brooks put in a layup and Tyreke Evans followed with a missed mid-range jumper, giving the Rockets the ball back with 8.5 seconds on the clock and down by two.
Evans reached in on Brooks at the top of the key and was whistled for a foul. Brooks was short on the first free throw, though, before making the second.
Landry put in two from the stripe with four seconds left, and after a Houston timeout, Brooks got an open look from the top of the key but hit the front of the rim, sending the Toyota Center fans unhappily back to their vehicles.
"It was like all of my shots today, just a little bit short," Brooks said of his final shot. "I guess I have to practice a little bit more."
A 10-0 run in the first quarter helped the Kings lead 22-17 after one quarter.
After briefly losing the lead midway through the second on a Jeffries putback, Sacramento scored 13 of the quarter's final 18 points, taking a 43-37 lead on Garcia's buzzer-beating three.
The scoreboard showed 69-65 in favor of the Kings heading to the fourth.
The Kings, who improved to 6-26 on the road, outscored the Rockets, 25-9, in second-chance points thanks to 24 offensive rebounds...Evans went 4-for-22 for nine points, as the Kings made a meager 32.0 percent from the floor...Shane Battier posted a career-high seven blocks for Houston, which shot 39.0 percent of it shots.
03/04 00:45:29 ET