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Harden makes 8 3s as Rockets thump Kings 127-101

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) James Harden and the Houston Rockets are finding their rhythm at the right time.

Looks as if some help is on the way, too.

Harden made eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Houston beat the Sacramento Kings 127-101 on Wednesday night.

''We played very, very well,'' Harden said. ''We're kind of catching a momentum and it feels pretty good. It's even more exciting once we get our full roster back.''

The Rockets closed out a four-game trip with their third consecutive victory, and they appeared to be on the verge of adding Iman Shumpert to their array of talented shooters. Gerald Green matched his season high with 25 points, and Eric Gordon scored 20 points.

Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland were working on a trade that most notably will move Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks - now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah - will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call has not yet been completed.

''Shump is a vet who can help us defensively, ball-handling, shooting,'' Harden said. ''He's been playing very well this season. Once he gets here and gets a couple of practices in, let's go.''

Houston has won seven games by 20 or more points this season, including twice on its road trip.

''That's a good trip for us,'' Chris Paul said. ''To get three on this road trip, we're playing the right way.''

Sacramento also was working on a trade for Dallas' Harrison Barnes in another deal ahead of Thursday's deadline.

The Kings had won three in a row and four of five. Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Marvin Bagley III added 10 points and 10 boards.

''Tough night,'' coach Dave Joerger said. ''We didn't shoot the ball well, they did. It's been a tough couple of hours and an interesting couple of hours.''

Sacramento kept Harden off the line, but the reigning NBA MVP still scored almost at will.

Harden collected 25 points while helping Houston to a 76-45 halftime lead. He made four 3-pointers during a 19-3 run over the final five minutes of the second quarter.

Harden - the NBA leader in average free-throw attempts - was limited to two, matching his season low. But he went 13 for 26 from the field.

''Guys set the tone early,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''Pretty impressive finish of the road trip. There's just a lot of good things that we did solid.''

Things got chippy midway through the fourth when Harden was called for a technical foul after he exchanged words with Sacramento's Frank Mason near midcourt.

The Kings struggled to keep up. They trailed by as many as 37 in the second half.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Paul had 15 points and 11 assists. ... Gordon returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday's win over Phoenix because of right knee soreness. ... Houston is 8-4 without Clint Capela, who is sidelined with a right thumb injury.

Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 13 points while starting in place of Shumpert, who addressed his former Sacramento teammates in the locker room before the game and then left the arena. ... Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph are reportedly being sent to Dallas as part of the trade for Barnes.

FARIED'S NIGHT

Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Houston. He has settled in nicely after signing with the Rockets as a free agent on Jan. 21.

He is averaging 16.1 points since joining his third team this season.

''It's always nice to know that, yes, he is a perfect fit,'' D'Antoni said. ''When Clint gets back and (Faried) comes off the bench, he can give us that spurt that we can have 48 solid minutes of high-energy centers running up and down the floor.''

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Kings: Host Miami on Friday.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
D. Fox
5 PG
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
17.2 Pts. Per Game 17.2
7.0 Ast. Per Game 7.0
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
44.4 Field Goal % 46.4
44.4 Three Point % 46.3
86.7 Free Throw % 72.8
  SAC team rebound 0:00
  Frank Mason III missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Kosta Koufos 0:14
  Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
  Defensive rebound by James Ennis III 0:29
  Kosta Koufos missed hook shot 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Skal Labissiere 0:43
  Gerald Green missed jump shot 0:45
+ 2 Harry Giles made dunk 1:02
  Offensive rebound by Harry Giles 1:02
  Kosta Koufos missed hook shot 1:03
Team Stats
Points 127 101
Field Goals 45-100 (45.0%) 39-91 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 20-51 (39.2%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 17-18 (94.4%) 12-20 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 55 61
Offensive 13 20
Defensive 29 34
Team 13 7
Assists 17 21
Steals 13 5
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 11 22
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 1 1
36 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Rockets 32-22 32442823127
home team logo Kings 28-26 28172927101
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 32-22 112.9 PPG 41.6 RPG 21.0 APG
home team logo Kings 28-26 114.0 PPG 45.4 RPG 25.6 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 35.8 PPG 6.4 RPG 7.7 APG 43.5 FG%
B. Hield SG 20.7 PPG 5.2 RPG 2.4 APG 46.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 36 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
B. Hield SG 20 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
45.0 FG% 42.9
39.2 3PT FG% 33.3
94.4 FT% 60.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 36 6 1 13/26 8/13 2/2 4 31 2 1 2 2 4 +16 45
E. Gordon 20 2 0 7/14 4/10 2/2 2 21 0 0 0 1 1 +9 22
C. Paul 15 2 11 4/13 1/8 6/6 2 29 2 1 3 0 2 +17 39
K. Faried 13 11 1 6/9 1/1 0/0 3 30 1 2 2 4 7 +10 27
P. Tucker 2 10 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 34 5 0 2 5 5 +18 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 36 6 1 13/26 8/13 2/2 4 31 2 1 2 2 4 +16 45
E. Gordon 20 2 0 7/14 4/10 2/2 2 21 0 0 0 1 1 +9 22
C. Paul 15 2 11 4/13 1/8 6/6 2 29 2 1 3 0 2 +17 39
K. Faried 13 11 1 6/9 1/1 0/0 3 30 1 2 2 4 7 +10 27
P. Tucker 2 10 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 34 5 0 2 5 5 +18 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Green 25 1 0 8/17 4/9 5/6 1 28 2 2 0 0 1 +16 30
A. Rivers 12 2 2 5/12 2/7 0/0 0 28 0 0 2 1 1 +19 16
J. Ennis III 4 6 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 3 28 1 1 0 0 6 +23 14
I. Hartenstein 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 2 +2 2
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Capela - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chriss - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 127 42 17 45/100 20/51 17/18 19 235 13 7 11 13 29 +130 212
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 20 10 2 8/17 3/10 1/1 3 32 0 0 6 3 7 -24 28
N. Bjelica 15 6 2 6/7 3/4 0/0 4 25 0 1 4 3 3 -13 22
B. Bogdanovic 13 4 3 6/15 1/6 0/0 4 31 3 1 0 1 3 -22 27
D. Fox 6 2 6 3/8 0/3 0/0 1 28 0 1 5 1 1 -26 16
W. Cauley-Stein 3 6 2 1/5 0/0 1/4 0 21 0 0 1 2 4 -16 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 20 10 2 8/17 3/10 1/1 3 32 0 0 6 3 7 -24 28
N. Bjelica 15 6 2 6/7 3/4 0/0 4 25 0 1 4 3 3 -13 22
B. Bogdanovic 13 4 3 6/15 1/6 0/0 4 31 3 1 0 1 3 -22 27
D. Fox 6 2 6 3/8 0/3 0/0 1 28 0 1 5 1 1 -26 16
W. Cauley-Stein 3 6 2 1/5 0/0 1/4 0 21 0 0 1 2 4 -16 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Giles 14 7 1 5/11 0/0 4/5 1 17 1 0 2 3 4 -4 22
F. Mason III 13 2 1 4/6 2/4 3/5 3 12 0 0 1 0 2 +4 16
M. Bagley III 10 10 1 4/12 0/1 2/2 3 27 0 2 2 4 6 -21 22
Y. Ferrell 4 1 2 1/5 1/4 1/1 1 24 1 0 0 1 0 -10 10
S. Labissiere 3 4 1 1/3 1/1 0/0 1 12 0 1 1 2 2 +4 9
K. Koufos 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/2 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 -2 2
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 54 21 39/91 11/33 12/20 22 235 5 6 22 20 34 -130 186