Devin Mitchell, Damien Jones and Trey Liles each scored 24 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets 121-118 on Wednesday night.
Mitchell added five rebounds and eight assists while Jones added nine rebounds and five assists. Liles grabbed seven boards and finished 10 of the 12 from the free-throw line, with a pair of 9.4 seconds remaining to answer a 3-pointer from Rockets rookie Jalen Green who cut the margin by one point with 10.5 seconds left.
Green drilled six 3-pointers and scored 32 points, while his backcourt partner Kevin Porter Jr. posted the first triple-double of his career with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Bruno Fernando added 17 points and 10 boards from the Houston bench.
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The Rockets (20-57) wiped out the end of the 14-point deficit when Kenyan Martin Jr. sank a 3-pointer for a 108-106 lead with 6:28 remaining. But Mitchell and Jones teamed up in the basket that pushed the four in front of the Kings, and after the Rockets regained the lead at 113-112 at 2:15, Donte Divinsenzo sank a 3-pointer and Jones recorded a tip-in. To bring Sacramento back under control.
After trailing by 14 points at the start of the second quarter, the Kings (28-49) took a 95-81 lead late in the third when Divinsenzo hit a 3-pointer to Mitchell Leap which gave Sacramento its first double digit lead but the pendulum quickly returned to Houston as Porter Rocket closed the frame with a 12-2 run, who scored four points and assisted Dunk from Fernando and Martin during the rally.
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Green and Porter Rocket’s 39-points combined for 24 points in the first quarter burned early. Porter added four rebounds and four assists as they teamed up to lead Houston with 13 points to make -8 for 5 from behind the arc.
With 10:01 left in the half, Houston led 45-31 in the Martin free throw and nine ahead after Fernando’s three-point play at the second 5:45 mark before the Kings assembly.
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