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Kings 98, Rockets 119: Cousins and Gay get hurt as Rockets cruise to victory

The Kings ended their road trip with a blowout loss at the hands of the Rockets, but more importantly lost their two best players to ankle injuries early in the game.

Scott Halleran

Final - 1.22.2014 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 22 22 29 25 98
Houston Rockets 29 26 33 31 119

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That's not exactly the way you want to end what was otherwise a pretty decent road trip.

This game was all but decided in the first half after both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay had to leave the game with ankle injuries.  Gay was able to walk off the court without help, but Cousins' injury was a tad more severe and he was unable to even shoot his free throws.  Fortunately, word from the Kings is that neither injury is too serious, and that X-rays for Cousins are negative for a fracture.  He is listed as day-to-day.

Sacramento was outscored in each quarter as four Rockets scored 19 points or more, led by Dwight Howard's game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds.  Former King Omri Casspi had 20 points and 12 boards off the bench.

For Sacramento, Derrick Williams led the way off the bench with 22 points and 11 rebounds in nearly 40 minutes of action.  Due to the blowout, Carl Landry was able to play the full fourth quarter, where he looked very rusty but still managed to work his way to 6 points and 6 rebounds.

The Kings will come home on Friday to face the Indiana Pacers, the same team they faced to start this six game road trip.  No rest for the weary.

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