Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 10-20 shooting and DeMarcus Cousins added 21 on 7-14 with 10 rebounds as the Kings stunned the Rockets 106-91 in a Sunday afternoon game. Gay was awesome in his home debut, taking mostly clean shots and doing a lot more on the court. He had five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Cousins had five assists as well, helping out Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 19 on 7-12 shooting and eight assists. It was an incredible effort from the Kings' current big three.
Houston was pretty icy from long-range despite getting plenty of open looks. The Rockets shot 7-27 from long-range. Francisco Garcia, a beloved former King, shot just 1-6 from the floor.
Cousins thoroughly outplayed Dwight Howard, who finished with 13 and 10 and shot 5-13 from the line. (Cousins was 7-7 from the line.) All told, the Kings' rotations were bizarre. But Michael Malone is figuring out his new roster -- four players added in the past three weeks -- and seeing what everyone can do. Quincy Acy was basically the backup center; for a couple of substantial stretches, Malone went with Acy, Isaiah or Jimmer Fredette, Gay, Travis Outlaw and Derrick Williams. That's a weird little lineup! But everything Malone (and the Kings) did seemed to work.
The Kings are now 4-10 at home and 7-15 overall. Sacramento visits the Bobcats on Tuesday.