Down the stretch, the Kings were able to hang around, but not quite get over the hump. Donatas Montiejunas got loose on the Kings' fatigued frontcourt defenders in the post, scoring on a variety of impressive post moves and moving the ball beautifuly in the interior. The tired Kings began to lose acuity in this stretch; James Harden finally found some open looks for three, the Kings had some sloppy turnovers, and the Canaan and Montiejunas combination allowed the Rockets to pull away late.
*Alternate headline: Rockets avenge Summer League Championship loss. Happy Thanksgiving!