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Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston
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The Houston Rockets scored a lot of points and left Sacramento with an absolutely ugly loss to the tune of 117 to 111.

The Kings outhustled, outworked and ultimately overpowered the Rockets in nearly ever facet of the game.

Defensively speaking, the Rockets were atrocious. They let the Kings get into the paint at will, and they defended the perimeter with an extremely low level of focus.

Led by James Harden's 30 points, the Rockets simply tried to outscore the Kings, and with Jeremy Lin on the bench—fouled out—they just couldn't get that done.

What was exposed was the Rockets desire to be lazy on defense instead of playing with intensity on both sides of the ball.

While the Kings are a dangerous team, with a lot of untapped potential, there's no reason why the Rockets shouldn't have been able to handle them.

It was a below-average team effort for the Rockets, and the individual grades for each player mirror that below-average focus.

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