April 8, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry (7) points to the team bench after forward Chase Budinger (not pictured) made a three point basket against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at the Power Balance Pavilion. The Rockets defeated the Kings 104-87. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
Kyle Lowry returned to action, and the Rockets remained hot.
Kyle Lowry missed the last 15 games with a bacterial infection, but the Houston Rockets never really missed a beat, zipping into the No. 6 position in the West bracket before the point guard returned on Sunday. With Lowry coming off of the bench, Houston picked up another win, trouncing the lethargic Sacramento Kings, 104-87, on the road. The Rockets have begun their current road trip with three wins; the final game is in Portland.
Courtney Lee led the Rockets with 25 points on 11-18 shooting as the Kings continued to miss Marcus Thornton. Jimmer Fredette got the rare start for Sacramento and supplied 17 points, and Terrence Williams racked up 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench. But the Kings' stars, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, were pretty awful and essentially got benched in the third quarter.
Houston is now a half-game clear of the Mavericks for No. 6 in the West.
Here's a look at the other NBA action from Sunday.
Nets 122, Cavaliers 117: There should be no reason at all for an April game between the Nets and Cavs to go to overtime, but there we were. This shall ever be known as the Donald Sloan Game, as the D-League call-up shot 3-13 from the floor but had 14 assists to two turnovers. And he was passing the ball to other Cavaliers, so it isn't like he had sure things on the other end. Outside of Antawn Jamison's 34 points, Cleveland's other notable performances came from Alonzo Gee and Lester Hudson. BayHawks stand up!
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