NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Houston
(Wednesday, January 11th)
Final Score: Sacramento 88, Houston 80
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Corliss Williamson scored a season-high 19 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets, 88-80, at the Toyota Center.
Mike Bibby added 19 points and eight assists and Kenny Thomas netted 14 points and also pulled down eight rebounds for the Kings, who had a two game losing streak snapped.
Juwan Howard had 24 points and 15 rebounds and David Wesley scored 17 points for the Rockets, who have lost four consecutive games. Rafer Alston contributed 15 points.
"We haven't been finding a way to win ugly games but we found a way to get this win and we really needed it," said Williamson. "It was a very much needed win. Both teams have people out with injuries. That's when teams are most dangerous because guys step up and play hard. We've been on both sides of it. It was an ugly game but a good game."
Thomas' bucket with 8:59 left in the third quarter extended the lead to 52-42.
The Rockets narrowed the gap to four, 59-55, on a 13-7 spurt, including four points from Howard and three from Wesley. However, Sacramento finished the quarter strong and held a 66-57 lead after 36 minutes of play.
Houston pulled within 82-77 courtesy of a 14-6 streak on Alston's three- pointer with 2:06 to play in the final frame. The Kings connected on 6-of-6 from the charity stripe to put the game away.
The Kings grabbed a 16-11 lead on Thomas' layup with 2:28 left in the first and would lead 18-13 after the opening quarter.
Sacramento used an 8-2 run bridging the first and second periods to extend the lead to 21-13, capped by Francisco Garcia's trey a minute into the stanza.
Houston countered with a 10-2 spurt, highlighted by four points from Juwan Howard.
With the score 29-26, the Kings built a cushion with a 7-2 streak on Williamson's jumper with almost three minutes left in the half. The Kings led 43-36 at the intermission.
Peja Stojakovic did not play in the fourth quarter due to leg stiffness caused by a nerve in his back. He is questionable for the next game...The Rockets are 3-11 at home and 0-10 without Tracy McGrady...Sacramento connected on 42.4 percent of its shots, compared to Houston, which shot 39.5 percent...The Rockets outrebounded the Kings 53-43...Sacramento shot 27-of-33 from the line...Houston hit 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
01/12 00:53:17 ET