SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins’ manager was ejected for slapping at Rockets guard Jason Terry on Tuesday night during the Kings’ 107-97 win over Houston.
Trailing the play on a dunk by Sacramento’s Ben McLemore, Terry put his hand out to slow down as he neared fans sitting along the baseline.
Andrew Rogers, Cousins’ manager, slapped at Terry’s arm. Terry stopped, turned around and started to step toward Rogers, who was then ejected from his seat.
Cousins had 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings never trailed after the midway point in the second quarter in a sloppy game that included 49 turnovers and three technical fouls, one on Cousins.
Starting for suspended Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison had 14 points, a season-high 13 assists and six rebounds as the Kings won their third in a row. Rondo was penalized one game by the NBA for using a gay slur against official Bill Kennedy in a game Dec. 3 against Boston in Mexico City.
Omri Casspi had 19 points and Rudy Gay had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings.
James Harden had 33 points for Houston. Terry and Patrick Beverly both added 14.
Rockets star Dwight Howard was in foul trouble and was not much of a factor. He left the game early in the third quarter with his fourth foul and finished with four points and four points in 28 minutes.
The Kings led 82-74 entering the fourth quarter and three early 3-pointers by Marcus Belinelli helped them maintain control in snapping an eight-game losing streak against Houston.
Rockets: Howard fouled Cousins late in the opening half and picked up a technical. ... Harden scored 10 straight Rockets points to end the third quarter.
Kings: Cousins drew a technical early in the game after battling underneath with Howard. ... Kings coach George Karl was called for a technical in the second quarter. . Rapper Drake sat next to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive in courtside seats. ... Seth Curry played as the backup point guard and had six points in 20 minutes.
Rockets: Visit Lakers on Thursday.
Kings: Visit Minnesota on Friday.