Instant Replay: Kings routed as Rockets hit 22 3-pointers

Instant Replay: Kings routed as Rockets hit 22 3-pointers


The Rockets can shoot the rock.

The shorthanded Sacramento Kings walked into the Toyota Center Wednesday evening and the Houston showed no mercy. The home team pounded their out-of-state guests from the opening tip, hitting 22-for-42 from 3-point range on their way to a 132-98 win.

James Harden took a secondary role against a Kings team missing DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore. The perennial MVP candidate still managed to pick up a triple-double, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the win.

Sacramento native Ryan Anderson torched his hometown team from the perimeter, hitting 4-for-7 from behind the arc on his way to 22 points. Trevor Ariza heated up in the second half to finish with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from long range.

Sam Dekker bombed away from the downtown, scoring 19 points off the Rockets bench on 8-of-10 shooting. Clint Capela went to work in the post, coming away with 14 points.

With their two leading scorers on ice, Garrett Temple stepped forward as the Kings primary scoring option. The veteran wing finished the night with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting from deep.

Darren Collison struggled with his shot, but still managed to drop in seven points and hand out nine assists.

Anthony Tolliver got the start and dropped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Omri Casspi and Kosta Koufos each finished the night with 10 points.

With the game out of hand, rookies Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere both made it on the court in the fourth quarter. Richardson scored seven points on 2-for-5 shooting and Labissiere added two points in the loss.

STANDOUT PERFORMER -- Anderson had a field day with the Kings. The 6-foot-10 forward seriously considered joining Sacramento during the offseason. On Wednesday night, he showed the Kings what they missed out on.

TURNING POINT -- This game was over when it was announced earlier in the day that Cousins, Gay and McLemore weren’t going to play. It’s tough to win without 60 percent of your starting lineup. Even tougher when you don’t defend the 3-point line.

INJURY UPDATE -- Cousins missed his first game of the season for “scheduled rest.” Gay sat with a hip flexor issue and McLemore is dealing with a thigh contusion - both are listed as day-to-day.

WHAT'S NEXT -- The Kings board a plane following the game where they will face Dave Joerger’s former team, the Memphis Grizzlies. They finish their three game trip Sunday in Dallas against Mark Cuban’s Mavericks.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.