HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the Houston Rockets cruise to their third straight win, a 119-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Harden added 24 points with nine assists before the pair went to the bench for the fourth quarter.
The Rockets took the lead midway through the first quarter and didn't trail again. The Kings struggled after losing top scorers Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins to injuries before halftime.
Gay, who tied a career high with 41 points on Tuesday night, injured his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter and Cousins sprained his left ankle in the second.
Derrick Williams scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas added 20 points for the Kings.