New recruit combined well with DeMarcus Cousins to beat Houston.
Rudy Gay continues to shine for his new team the Sacramento Kings as he poured in 25 points to go with five rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block.
All of those numbers combined to help the Kings to an important win at home, beating the Houston Rockets 106-91.
Gay walked from the court with minutes remaining in the game and received a applause from the Kings’ faithful, who have seen their latest addition average 25 points in his two games for the Pacific Division team.
Apart from the fans, the other person in purple most happy to see Gay make the smooth transition is the Kings centre DeMarcus Cousins.
Together they combined for 47 points as they held the Rockets to just 41 per cent shooting, with Gay saying he is looking to do whatever it takes to win.
“The basketball is going to be in my hands a lot,” Gay said, “so I’m just trying to keep everybody comfortable and keep everybody happy.”
Cousins said he was happy the side had another option roaming around the floor in Gay, saying it will open up opportunities for himself and the rest of the team to score.
“It makes the game so much easier,” Cousins said. “It’s not such a heavy load on me and Isaiah (Thomas) every night, just having another go-to guy.”
Apart from the loss for the Rockets, which drops their record to 16-9 overall and 6-6 on the road, the biggest talking point was the possible ankle injury to James Harden.
Harden sprained the ankle in the third quarter and it is unclear if he will be right to play against the Chicago Bulls in Houston on Wednesday.
“It’s very, very painful,” Harden said of his ankle. “I am trying to get through this, stay positive and focus on getting back.”