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Harden's 50-Point Triple-Doubles Leads Rockets Over Kings

Harden hits the 50-point mark for the 9th time this season

March 30, 2019 - 9:13 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden's second 50-point triple-double of the season led the Rockets 119-108 win over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night at Toyota Center.

It's the fifth 50-point triple-double of Harden's career and the ninth time he's hit the 50-point mark this season as the Rockets improve to 49-28 on the season. 

He shot 13-of-31 from the field, 7-of-23 from behind the 3-point line, and 17-of-18 from the free throw line to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season.

Houston led by 10 three times in the first quarter, the last came when Danuel House connected from three with 2:16 left, but the Kings scored the next nine points, and after Harden made a pair of free throws to end the quarter Sacramento scored the first 12 points of the second quarter. Kosta Koufos began the period with a 3-point play, and Bogdan Bogdanovic followed with back-to-back-to-back three-pointers. The Kings pushed their lead th 10 on a Yogi Ferrell layup, only to see the Rockets answer with a 20-2 burst, putting them up 61-53. Sacramento responded with seven straight and the Rockets led 63-60 at halftime. Harden scored 31 in the half, while Bogdanovic put up 18 for the Kings. 

Marvin Bagley III started the second half with an 18-footer to make it a 1-point game, but Clint Capela's layup off a feed from Harden capped a 12-2 run. The Kings refused to go away, scoring 10 in a row, eight from Bagley to take a five-point lead. Chris Paul's three-pointer with 1.6 lefts in the quarter brought the Rockets within two. The Rockets outscored Sacramento 28-15 in the fourth quarter, holding the Kings to 21 percent shooting after shooting 52 percent in the game's first 36 minutes.

Capela finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds while Paul added 22 points.

Bogdanovic led Sacramento with 24 points.

The win, coupled with Portland's loss in Detroit moves the Rockets back to third place in the Western Conference with five games to play.

Up next for the Rockets will be a trip to California where they'll play the first game of a back-to-back when they make a return trip to Sacramento Tuesday.