Gay scores 26 to power Kings past Rockets 106-91

AP, SACRAMENTO, California

Tue, Dec 17, 2013 - Page 20

Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Houston Rockets 106-91 on Sunday.

Gay added five rebounds and four assists. He finished 10-for-20 shooting in a dazzling home debut for the Kings, who had lost eight of their past 10 games.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists to help Sacramento hold on to the lead for most of the final three quarters.

James Harden twisted his left ankle early in the third quarter, but finished with 25 points, while Dwight Howard had 13 points and 10 rebounds as he battled foul trouble in a disappointing end to Houston’s three-game road trip. The Rockets lost at Portland on Thursday and won at Golden State on Friday.

Portland’s Damian Lillard hit a spinning fadeaway shot with one-tenth of a second left in overtime to lift the Trail Blazers over the Detroit Pistons 111-109.

Lillard was guarded well by Rodney Stuckey as he tried to drive to the basket, but he was able to hit a tough fadeaway from about 8 feet. Detroit could not get off a shot before the buzzer.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for Portland and Lillard finished with 23 points.

In Memphis, Tennessee, Kevin Love made 30 points and nine rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 three-pointers as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-93.

The victory ended Minnesota’s 11-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and also gave the Timberwolves their third win in four games.

The Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors 106-102 for their fifth straight game after Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Bledsoe added eight rebounds and eight assists, Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Channing Frye added 20 for the Suns.

Stephen Curry scored 30 points — including 20 in the second half — while Klay Thompson added 19 for the Warriors.

In other games, the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Orlando Magic 101-98 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93.