Late Houston Surge Spoils Kings’ Home Opener 105-100

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz

Behind a few late James Harden moments, the Rockets were able to outlast the Sacramento’s youthful offense in the Golden1 Center’s second season.

With 26 seconds left in the game, a replayed call sent Eric Gordon to the free-throw line to put the Rockets up 5 and seal the game.

Harden posted three of his four 3P of the night in the fourth quarter after a slow shooting night overall. Houston converted only 33-of-83 from the floor including 12-of-45 beyond the arc.

The Kings’ inconsistent offense showed flashes throughout with rookie De’Aaron Fox tallying 14 points and 5 assists off the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings in scoring with 21 points.

Some of the younger Kings players struggled offensively as Skal Labissiere finished with 12 points and 5 turnovers and Justin Jackson had 5 points in 19 minutes.

Clint Capela and Gordon both surpassed 20 points on the night. Capela led all players with 17 rebounds and Harden with 9 assists.

The 2-0 Rockets face the Mavericks in Houston after a few days of rest, and the Kings travel to Dallas for a Friday night match-up to correct their 0-1 record.

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