SACRAMENTO (AP) - James Harden scored a season-high 43 points before resting for all of the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets routed the Sacramento Kings 129-103 on Tuesday night.
Harden helped Houston go ahead by 25 points in the first quarter, 31 in the second and 33 in the third. He shot 11 of 20 from the floor, made 15 of 16 free throws and added eight assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Dwight Howard left briefly after banging his right knee but returned to finish with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.
DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and six rebounds for the Kings before getting ejected for vehemently arguing with an official in the third quarter. He picked up his NBA-leading 14th and 15th technical fouls.
Kings forward Rudy Gay on DeMarcus Cousins losing composure and getting ejected, plus his own future in Sacramento following Tuesday's loss to the Houston Rockets. News10/KXTV
New Kings power forward talks about joining his new team in Sacramento and Tuesday's loss to the Houston Rockets, where DeMarcus Cousins was ejected. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone talks about a complete lack of effort in Tuesday's home loss to the Houston Rockets, and the ejection of DeMarcus Cousins. News10/KXTV