Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Pick & Prediction JANUARY 13th 2023

Stadium: Golden 1 Center Sacramento
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Houston Rockets big man Alperen Sengun gets a rare encore performance on the road when he and his mates duel the host Sacramento Kings in a rematch Friday night.

While most in attendance were watching Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis pursue a 22nd career triple-double, Sengun snatched a very first of his own with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Rockets' 135-115 loss in the California capital on Wednesday.

Sabonis failed on his bid to triple-up, going for 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, but joined with Sacramento's own surprise contributor -- Trey Lyles -- to rally the Kings from a fourth-quarter deficit to a win not nearly as one-sided as the final score might indicate.

Paced by Sengun, the Rockets led by as many as eight and 101-100 with 8:44 to go before Lyles had 12 points in the Kings' 35-14, game-ending flurry.

While the defeat went down simply as an eighth straight for the Rockets, it proved historic for Sengun, who at age 20 became the youngest in franchise history to record a triple-double.

He also was the first Rockets center to post a triple-double since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1997.

"Of course it was my goal. I was always thinking (about it)," he admitted afterward. "I'm happy, but I'm sad we lost."

The most surprising aspect of the triple-double was the assist total. The second-year Turkish import had never had more than eight in an NBA game.

His teammates helped out by shooting 45.8 percent as a team and connecting on 16-for-41 from beyond the arc. Jalen Green had 26 points, while KJ Martin (9-for-13, 21 points) and Eric Gordon (6-for-12, 19 points) combined for 40 points on 15-for-25 shooting.

It wasn't enough to offset a huge disparity in free-throw attempts. The Kings outscored the guests 26-11 at the line, getting 14 more attempts (31-17).

Sabonis led the way to the charity stripe, going 7-for-9. He got his biggest support in the scoring column from De'Aaron Fox with 24 points and Lyles with 20.

Sabonis, who is tied for third in the NBA in triple-doubles with three, missed another by one assist for the second time this season. He's also come up one rebound short on another occasion.

He insisted afterward that he wasn't bothered by it.

"It's fine, as long as we win. That's the goal," he said. "These things come with the game. The next game, as long as we get the win, we're happy."

The Rockets would be happy to get Kevin Porter Jr. back for the rematch. He had five points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 10 minutes before suffering a bruised left foot in Wednesday's game.

He wasn't around for the Kings' late rally, and remains questionable for Friday.

Porter was coming off a 25-point outing in a loss Sunday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sacramento played the opener of the set without Kevin Huerter, out with an illness. The Kings hope to have him back for the rematch.

--Field Level Media

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Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Recap JAN 13TH 2023

Domantas Sabonis recorded his fourth triple-double of the season, Terence Davis fueled a third-quarter flurry with consecutive 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings made it two wins over the visiting Houston Rockets in three days with a 139-114 blitz Friday night.

Sabonis, who missed a triple-double by one assist in Wednesday's 135-115 victory in the opener of the two-game, same-site set, put up a career-best 16 assists this time around to complement 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in Sacramento's third straight win.

Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. each scored 27 points for the Rockets, who lost their ninth straight.

The rematch ended with some bad blood, with the Kings' Malik Monk and Chimezie Metu, and the Rockets' Garrison Mathews and Tari Eason all ejected in the fourth quarter for scuffling after Mathews bumped Monk while they chased down an errant pass into the backcourt by Houston's Josh Christopher.

After a tight first half that saw Green score 25 of his points, Alperen Sengun's layup in the third minute of the third quarter drew the Rockets even for one final time at 75-all before the Kings took command.

De'Aaron Fox had eight points, Sabonis six and Davis his two 3-pointers in a 26-8 burst over five minutes that propelled Sacramento into a 101-83 lead.

The Kings led by 20 after completing a 43-point quarter, then coasted home to complete a 3-2 homestand that began with a pair of losses.

Sabonis' triple-double was the first of his career with at least 15 points, rebounds and assists.

Sabonis was outscored by three teammates, with Harrison Barnes leading with 27, Fox adding 24 points and Davis 22.

Monk added 15 before his ejection and Trey Lyles 13 off the bench for the Kings, who shot 54.7 percent and made 20 of their 40 3-point attempts. Barnes and Monk led the long-distance attack on 5-for-8 and 4-for-5 nights, respectively.

Green shot 10-for-21, but just 1-for-6 in the second half after almost single-handedly keeping the Rockets in the game for 24 minutes. Smith's 27 points came on 11-for-20 shooting.

Sengun, who recorded a triple-double in Wednesday's loss, finished with 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists to go with a game-high four steals.

The Rockets lost despite shooting 47.3 percent.

--Field Level Media