ROCKETS AT KINGS, 9 P.M. ET

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  • The Houston Rockets (28-24) roll into Sacramento riding high off a 118-103 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night.  They face off against a Kings (18-33) team playing the second night of a rare home-and-home back-to-back game.  Last night, the Kings took down the Utah Jazz in front of a near sold-out Sacramento crowd by the score of 120-109.
  • Tonight’s marquee match-up is a battle between the third and four overall selections of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Rockets’ James Harden and Tyreke Evans of the Kings.  While Evans won the Rookie of the Year Trophy following the 2009-10 season, Harden is the player who is having a break out season.  “He’s doing what all the superstars in the league do,” Kings coach Keith Smart said of Harden before tonight’s game.  “They pick their spots when to take over a game.  Should I be aggressive right of the bat?  Should I allow Jeremy Lin to have a game right now and then take my turn?  You’re seeing all the things that all the really, really good players in our league do and I think it’s something you didn’t get a chance to see in Oklahoma City because they had two super stars there.”
  • The Rockets will be without the services of Toney Douglas (left hip pointer) and Terrence Jones (D-League assignment) tonight in Sacramento.  Second-year player Tyler Honeycutt will be inactive for the Kings as the teams fourteenth player on the roster.

– James Ham

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