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[SACRAMENTO] — The Sacramento Kings played host to the Houston Rockets last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 128-135 defeat. The loss bumps Sacramento's record down to 31-49 on the season, while the victory gives Houston a 54-26 total on the year. Though the loss stings nonetheless, Kings fans can take solace in the fact that the club's offensive output was above and beyond what the team has displayed so far this season. It may not help come playoff time, but there are worse things than being outplayed by a solid opponent.

An impressive performance from James Harden led all players in the contest and his 35 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists, 0 blocks and 1 steals in 36 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Most importantly, the Rockets managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Harden keeps producing at this rate and Houston keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Sacramento didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Skal Labissiere did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Ryan Anderson made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

The Kings didn't end up walking away with a positive result in this one, but that doesn't mean that there isn't still a silver lining for the ball club. Impressively, Sacramento held the Rockets to well below their typical offensive output, a testament to the home squad's ability to get things done on the defensive end. If they can maintain this sort of discipline, the wins will follow.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kings Stats

Roster P R A B S M
S. Labissiere25630231
T. Lawson202110128
W. Cauley-Stein161001025
G. Temple13510436
B. Hield12631032
B. McLemore18300024
L. Galloway10230026
G. Papagiannis6330113
A. Tolliver8120024

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden3511150136
T. Williams12920036
C. Capela18601024
L. Williams18421031
R. Anderson21100123
P. Beverley9340129
B. Brown16120025
M. Harrell2400012
C. Onuaku4110012
I. Taylor0100012
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