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The shorthanded Kings (9-5) make their third stop of a four-game road trip in Houston Wednesday, coming off a 99-89 win over the Pelicans -- their second straight victory on the trip.
Sacramento will once again be without starters Rudy Gay and Darren Collison due to injury.
Without the tandem on Tuesday, the Kings held New Orleans -- who had been averaging 103.9 points per game -- to 40 points in the second half and just 89 total points in capturing their ninth win of the season.
In a sign of progress, it took Sacramento until Dec. 27 vs. Miami to achieved its ninth win last season.
DeMarcus Cousins recorded his seventh straight double-double and 11th of the season, scoring 22 points while collecting 12 rebounds.
Omri Casspi and Ramon Sessions started for Gay and Collison and contributed 22 and 15 points, respectively for Sacramento.
The Kings also lost coach Michael Malone after being ejected by Eric Lewis with 4:42 to go in the second quarter for arguing that Sessions was fouled with Sacramento holding a 40-35 lead.
Assistant coach Ty Corbin took over and led the Kings to their fifth road win of the season.
"I don't want to get into it," Malone told the media in New Orleans. "Obviously, I was fighting for one of my players. ... Eric Lewis, who is a class act, ... he made the call and I didn't agree with it.
"Again, I want to focus on our players and our coaches on a great road win against a very good team."
Lewis employed a quick hook, administering two technical fouls and the requisite ejection simultaneously.
The Kings will have to stay on the court in Houston and employ similar defense that they demonstrated in New Orleans.
Sacramento held Anthony Davis, who was coming off a career high 43 points in a Saturday win in Utah, to 14 points. The Kings will need to control James Harden in similar fashion.
Harden went for 36 points in a 91-86 win over the visiting Knicks on Tuesday -- his fifth 30-plus performance of the season, which ties him with LeBron James for most in the NBA this season.
Sacramento is fifth in the NBA in protecting the 3-point line as opponents are shooting just 31 percent from downtown. The Kings will be tested against the Rockets, who lead the league in 3-point attempts at a robust 34 per game.
The Kings must demonstrate trust on offense as Houston is second in the NBA in points allowed (91.7 per game) and field goal percent defense (41.6 percent).
MATCHUP TO WATCH: DeMarcus Cousins vs. Dwight Howard. If Howard is a go (questionable due to a right knee strain), this will be a marquee matchup. Cousins is seventh in the NBA in scoring, averaging 23.2 points per game and leads the league with 12.3 rebounds per contest.
Howard, who has missed the last three games, is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 10 games this season.
HERENDA’s AGENDA/KEYS TO VICTORY: 1. Stellar start: The Kings jumped out to a 12-2 lead on the Pelicans and a similar strong early effort especially on the second game of a road back-to-back will be imperative.
2. Systemic production: Operating shorthanded, the Kings had five players in double figures in the Big Easy and two more nearly there with Nik Stauskas and Carl Landry contributing nine points apiece.
It will take a similar collective effort for Sacramento to be successful in H-Town.
2. Suffocating D: Houston is 6-0 when they score 100 or more points.
Can the Kings match the defensive effort they brought to New Orleans, limiting the Pelicans to 89 points to the Toyota Center?
INJURY UPDATE: Sacramento -- F Rudy Gay (right Achilles tendinitis) and G Darren Collison (left quadriceps contusion) are out and G Ramon Sessions (right knee strain) is probable.
Houston -- C Dwight Howard (right knee strain) and G Pat Beverly (strained left hamstring) are questionable while F Terrence Jones (left leg nerve inflammation) is out.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first of three meetings this season between Sacramento and Houston.
The Kings and Rockets split last season’s four game series with Sacramento winning the first two games and Houston taking the last two games.
The Rockets lead the overall series 118-87 and have the advantage 77-41 in the Sacramento era.