Harden scores 43, Rockets rout Kings 129-103

Harden scores 43, Rockets rout Kings 129-103

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SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on February 25, 2014 in Sacramento, California.

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by Associate Press

khou.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 12:48 AM

SACRAMENTO, California -- James Harden scored a season-high 43 points before resting for all of the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets routed the Sacramento Kings 129-103 on Tuesday night.

Harden helped Houston go ahead by 25 points in the first quarter, 31 in the second and 33 in the third. He shot 11 of 20 from the floor, made 15 of 16 free throws and added eight assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Dwight Howard left briefly after banging his right knee but returned to finish with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and six rebounds for the Kings before getting ejected for vehemently arguing with an official in the third quarter. He picked up his NBA-leading 14th and 15th technical fouls.

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