(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets could be getting a big boost to their
late season playoff push Sunday when they visit the Sacramento Kings.
Starting point guard Kyle Lowry could be back in the lineup when the Rockets
kick off a stretch of four games against teams on the outside, looking in at
the playoff picture.
Lowry, who is averaging career highs of 15.9 points and 7.2 assists, has
missed 15 games while recovering from a bacterial infection but returned to
practice earlier this week and is close to returning. .
Houston, which has also been playing without Lowry's backcourt mate Kevin
Martin (shoulder), has moved to sixth in the Western Conference with
impressive back-to-back road wins in Chicago and against the LA Lakers.
Most recently Luis Scola scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on
Friday as the Rockets outlasted the Lakers, 112-107, at Staples Center.
Goran Dragic, Lowry's replacement, added 26 points and 11 assists while Marcus
Camby contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who won for the
sixth time in nine games overall.
"Scola was really good. He made shot after shot and Goran was fantastic. This
team will always lay it on the line," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.
The Kings, meanwhile, have lost three straight, including both ends of a home-
and-home set against the LA Clippers.
DeMarcus Cousins paced Sacramento in LA on Saturday with 15 points and 20
rebounds but the Kings fell 109-94. Tyreke Evans finished with 14 points while
Francisco Garcia recorded 13 for Sacramento before leaving the game early in
the fourth quarter with a concussion.
"Chris Paul is a wonder," Kings head coach Keith Smart said of the Clips point
guard, who amassed 19 points, 15 assists and seven steals on Saturday. "He got
us a couple of times and [Blake Griffin] was able to get in transition and was
able to get easy shots."
Houston has won two straight and six of seven over the Kings.
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