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Rockets take NBA-record 50 3s in 117-104 win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Three weeks ago, Ryan Anderson scoffed at the idea of Houston becoming the first team in NBA history to attempt 50 3-pointers in one game.

Now that it happened, Anderson is fully convinced the Rockets can and will do it again.

James Harden had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Rockets to a 117-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday in their record-setting night.

''That's this style of play that we built around James . and we have shooters,'' said Anderson, who made three 3s and scored 13 points. ''The great part about it, it didn't seem like we took 50. They were in rhythm, they were good looks and those are shots we normally take.''

The Rockets went 21 of 50 from beyond the arc and came within two makes of matching the single-game record they already share with the Orlando Magic.

The Rockets made eight 3s in the first quarter, six in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. Their record for attempts came on just 85 shots overall.

''I don't mind it but I'll like to get the record for the most makes, not just the most attempts,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''If that's what they're giving us, that's what we'll take. We had good looks, and if a guy has a good look then he's free to shoot it.''

Trevor Ariza added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Clint Capela scored 17 points to lead Houston to its eighth win in the last nine meetings.

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento despite being hindered by foul trouble much of the second half. Cousins made four consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter when the Kings pulled within 112-104.

''If we want to be the team that just lets teams come in here with automatic `W's . that's just what's going to happen if we continue to play this way,'' Cousins said. ''We've got to hold ourselves accountable, take responsibility for it and change these mistakes. This probably won't be the last time we see a team get hot like that.''

Sacrament coach Dave Joerger said the Kings' slow start was too much to overcome.

''We didn't come in and bring enough force early in the game,'' Joerger said. ''They came in very focused, we came in definitely too slow. They got too many loose balls (and) made 3s.''

Ariza led Houston's 3-point barrage, going 6 of 11. Eric Gordon added four while Harden had three. Gordon finished with 14 points, one of seven Rockets in double figures.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston led by as much as 29 but had to hold off Sacramento's late surge to win in the opener of its five-game road trip. .. Ariza made four 3s in the first quarter. ... Anderson grew up just outside of Sacramento and was a big Kings fan.

Kings: Joerger juggled his lineup after halftime and replaced Ty Lawson with Arron Afflalo. Afflalo started 14 of Sacramento's first 15 games but Joerger has been experimenting with a smaller backcourt at times. . Joerger was given a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

ROCKETS' DEEP STREAK

Houston has made at least 10 3-pointers in its last 15 games, one shy of the NBA record set last year by Golden State and matched later in the season by Cleveland. The Rockets last failed to reach double digits beyond the arc in the season opener, when they made seven.

COUSINS' BIG BURST

Cousins set a career-high with five 3s, four coming in a two-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-11 center also picked up a technical foul along with Houston's Patrick Beverley after the two exchanged words with 44.5 seconds remaining.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Play at Portland on Sunday in the second meeting between the teams this season. Houston beat the Trail Blazers 104-83 on Nov. 17.

Kings: Travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Sunday. Cousins averaged 32 points and more than 11 rebounds in two games against Brooklyn in 2015.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
D. Cousins
15 C
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
27.5 Pts. Per Game 27.5
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
9.9 Reb. Per Game 9.9
45.6 Field Goal % 46.7
35.8 Three Point % 37.9
83.3 Free Throw % 76.9
  Defensive rebound by James Harden 0:11
  Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 2 James Harden made driving layup 0:19
  Personal foul on Ty Lawson 0:32
  Team rebound 0:32
  Clint N'Dumba-Capela missed dunk, blocked by DeMarcus Cousins 0:34
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:44
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Clint N'Dumba-Capela 0:46
  DeMarcus Cousins missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
+ 3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 0:53
Team Stats
Points 117 104
Field Goals 40-85 (47.1%) 39-80 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 21-50 (42.0%) 9-32 (28.1%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 43
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 34 33
Team 9 6
Assists 27 24
Steals 8 7
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 16 14
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 1 2
23 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST
32 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Rockets 10-6 38302227117
home team logo Kings 6-10 19312430104
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 10-6 108.5 PPG 42.9 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Kings 6-10 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 36.1 PPG 6.6 RPG 7.5 APG 44.2 FG%
D. Cousins C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 23 PTS 10 REB 10 AST
D. Cousins C 32 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
47.1 FG% 48.8
42.0 3PT FG% 28.1
80.0 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 23 10 10 6/18 3/11 8/8 2 40 0 0 5 1 9 0 48
T. Ariza 18 9 3 6/11 6/11 0/0 1 35 2 0 3 0 9 0 32
C. N'Dumba-Capela 17 10 0 7/14 0/0 3/4 2 30 0 2 1 3 7 0 28
R. Anderson 13 0 4 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 29 0 0 1 0 0 0 20
P. Beverley 7 7 6 2/5 2/4 1/2 3 31 2 0 1 3 4 0 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 23 10 10 6/18 3/11 8/8 2 40 0 0 5 1 9 0 48
T. Ariza 18 9 3 6/11 6/11 0/0 1 35 2 0 3 0 9 0 32
C. N'Dumba-Capela 17 10 0 7/14 0/0 3/4 2 30 0 2 1 3 7 0 28
R. Anderson 13 0 4 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 29 0 0 1 0 0 0 20
P. Beverley 7 7 6 2/5 2/4 1/2 3 31 2 0 1 3 4 0 27
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Gordon 14 2 1 5/13 4/12 0/0 2 29 1 0 1 0 2 0 18
C. Brewer 10 2 0 4/5 2/2 0/0 3 13 1 0 0 0 2 0 13
Nene 10 0 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
S. Dekker 3 2 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 15 2 0 1 1 1 0 12
M. Harrell 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
B. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ennis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McDaniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Wiltjer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 42 27 40/85 21/50 16/20 19 240 8 2 16 8 34 0 209
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 32 9 1 12/22 5/9 3/5 5 30 0 5 4 0 9 0 44
T. Lawson 12 4 3 3/6 1/1 5/6 2 24 0 0 2 2 2 0 20
M. Barnes 12 3 2 5/10 2/7 0/0 1 33 0 0 1 0 3 0 18
R. Gay 10 4 3 4/12 0/4 2/2 1 37 3 0 0 0 4 0 23
D. Collison 8 3 4 2/6 0/3 4/4 1 25 2 0 1 0 3 0 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 32 9 1 12/22 5/9 3/5 5 30 0 5 4 0 9 0 44
T. Lawson 12 4 3 3/6 1/1 5/6 2 24 0 0 2 2 2 0 20
M. Barnes 12 3 2 5/10 2/7 0/0 1 33 0 0 1 0 3 0 18
R. Gay 10 4 3 4/12 0/4 2/2 1 37 3 0 0 0 4 0 23
D. Collison 8 3 4 2/6 0/3 4/4 1 25 2 0 1 0 3 0 20
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Koufos 10 5 0 5/5 0/0 0/0 3 18 0 1 1 2 3 0 15
G. Temple 9 3 1 3/6 1/4 2/2 2 24 2 0 3 0 3 0 13
O. Casspi 7 4 5 3/7 0/2 1/2 2 28 0 0 1 0 4 0 20
A. Afflalo 4 2 5 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 2 0 16
B. McLemore 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 -1
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Cauley-Stein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 37 24 39/80 9/32 17/21 18 239 7 6 14 4 33 0 188