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                    === Thomas helps Kings edge Rockets ===
 Sacramento,  CA (Sports Network) - Isaiah Thomas had 23 points and six assists
 in the Sacramento Kings' 117-111 win over the Houston Rockets.
 John  Salmons tallied  23 points and six helpers, while DeMarcus Cousins added
 20  points and seven  rebounds for the Kings, who have won two straight on the
 heels of dropping eight of nine.
 "I  thought  we had  the right  pace, right activity  in the basketball game,"
 Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "I thought we did a good job overall."
 James  Harden  netted 30 points  to go with six  rebounds and four assists for
 Houston, which has lost two of its last three contests.
 "We didn't defend very well all night," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.
 Patrick  Beverley's driving  layup gave the Rockets a 94-84 advantage early in
 the fourth before Sacramento countered with a 16-6 swing to tie the contest at
 100-100  midway  through the  frame after  Salmons hit  a 3-pointer and Thomas
 converted a three-point play.
 Harden's  three-point play gave the Rockets a 105-103 edge with 3:37 left, but
 Sacramento countered with a 10-2 run to secure the victory.
 Thomas  sparked the  surge with a 3-pointer  at the other end before hitting a
 pair  of  foul shots. Harden  then hit a jumper  and after the teams exchanged
 empty  possessions, Salmons  was fouled on a triple on the Kings' ensuing trip
 down the floor and proceeded to sink all three shots.
 Thomas  made  two foul shots  to cap  the surge and  make it 113-107 with 25.1
 ticks to go.
 Sacramento took a 28-25 lead after a quarter of play and a 57-53 edge into the
 locker room.
 Houston outscored the hosts 33-27 in the third and headed into the fourth with
 an 86-84 margin.
                                   Game Notes
 Omer Asik registered 17 points and 12 boards, while Patrick Patterson finished
 with  18 points  and six rebounds  for the Rockets ... Sacramento was 26-of-27
 from the foul line.
 02/11 00:34:22 ET