NBA Game Summary - Houston at Sacramento
(Monday, April 12th)
Final Score: Houston 117, Sacramento 107
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin was successful in his return to Sacramento, pouring in 39 points, as the Rockets took command in the fourth quarter and beat the Kings, 117-107, at ARCO Arena.
Martin was dealt to Houston in mid-February in a three-team deal with Carl Landry landing in Sacramento. Martin, a first-round draft pick of the Kings in 2004, had spent over five seasons in Sacramento until being traded.
Martin made all 16 of his foul shots to ruin Sacramento's final home game of the season. Trevor Ariza went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and ended with 29 points for Houston, which has won four of its last five games. The Rockets conclude the season at home against New Orleans on Wednesday.
"Our guys have played hard all year long. We've had a lot of ups and downs like very team has, but we haven't quit," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "Our goal was when we weren't going to make the playoffs was to get as many wins as we can. They work too hard to give the season away in the last seven games."
Rookie Tyreke Evans ended with 24 points and six assists for the Kings, who lost for the 10th time in 11 contests. Landry had 19 points.
Evans joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game in their rookie seasons.
"Every player in our locker room is happy for Tyreke," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "He's such a great teammate and a selfless player. That's the trademark for this team as we go forward."
Houston shot 12-of-18 in the final quarter, a period that saw Ariza scored 10 straight points for his club to seal the win. A dunk by Donte Greene had the Kings within 103-101 with 5:08 left, but Ariza then sank two foul shots, came up with a block of an Evans shot and then buried a pair of three-pointers. Ariza's jam moved the margin to 113-103 with just over three minutes remaining.
The Kings led by as many as 14 in the opening quarter before settling for a 40-28 lead after 12 minutes. Evans scored 12 in the period as the Kings went 16-of-25 from the floor.
Sacramento held the lead throughout the second, but the margin was trimmed to 67-62 at the half thanks to a three-pointer from Aaron Brooks in the closing seconds.
Ariza sank three straight shots from beyond the arc late in the second, giving Houston an 83-81 edge. The Rockets went to the fourth with an 88-85 lead, but Sacramento pushed ahead for a final time at 95-93 on Beno Udrih's three-point play with 9 1/2 minutes left. The Kings had the game tied at 99 before falling apart.
Earlier Monday, the Kings picked up the option on Westphal's contract for the 2011-12 season...Sacramento, which finished 18-23 at home, plays the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday to end the season...The teams split four meetings this season...Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 11 assists for the Rockets...Udrih and Greene each had 16 points, while Andres Nocioni chipped in 15 in defeat...The Rockets made all 23 of their foul shots.
04/13 03:02:11 ET