HOUSTON (AP) — Carl Landry had 22 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, leading the Sacramento Kings to an 84-81 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
The Rockets traded the popular power forward to the Kings in a three-team swap just before the deadline in a deal that sent Tracy McGrady to New York. Houston picked up Kevin Martin in the trade, and Sacramento's leading scorer over the last three seasons struggled against his former team, scoring 14 on 3-for-13 shooting.
Beno Udrih scored 13 points and Spencer Hawes also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Kings, who snapped a four-game road losing streak.
Aaron Brooks scored 22 points and Luis Scola had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets.
Landry got a standing ovation when he was introduced, and the fans chanted "Landry! Landry!" in the moments before the tipoff.
The Rockets played a video of Landry highlights from his two-plus seasons on the scoreboard during the first timeout of the opening quarter, and fans cheered him again.
Landry then won a jump ball against former teammate Chuck Hayes and drew Hayes' second foul to send him to the bench. Landry promptly drove around backup center David Andersen for a slam, then blocked a shot that led to Tyreke Evans' breakaway dunk and a 20-12 Kings' lead.
Houston mustered only 17 points in the opening quarter after reaching 30 points in the first quarters of each of its previous three games.
Sacramento led 43-37 at halftime after Francisco Garcia just beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from 30 feet. The Kings generated 19 second-chance points in the half, but went 18 for 61 (30 percent) from the field.
Brooks and Martin, Houston's top two scorers, combined to shoot 5 for 18 from the field in the half. Martin also had four turnovers. Brooks finished the game 2 for 13 from 3-point range.
The duo continued to misfire in the third quarter and Sacramento stretched the lead to nine. Scola scored 11 points in the quarter and Houston closed the gap to 69-65 by the start of the fourth quarter.
The Kings pushed the lead back to seven in the first 5 minutes of the final quarter. The Rockets cut Sacramento's lead to two in the final minute, Evans missed an off-balance shot and Scola rebounded with 8.5 seconds left.
Evans fouled Brooks going for a steal and Brooks split two free throws with 6 seconds remaining to cut the Kings' lead to 82-81.
Shane Battier fouled Landry with 4 seconds left, and the former Rocket calmly swished two free throws to make it 84-81. Brooks missed a 3 and Evans rebounded to end it.
The Kings won for the third time in nine games since the All-Star break.
NOTES: Brooks sank a 3-pointer for the 34th consecutive game, the NBA's longest active streak. He's three games shy of the franchise record, set by Luther Head during the 2006-07 season. ... Houston coach Rick Adelman said Trevor Ariza and Kyle Lowry were "doubtful" to return from injuries this weekend. Ariza has missed the last four games with a left hip pointer and Lowry has sat out the last nine with a sprained left ankle. ... Kings forward Andres Nocioni sat out to conclude his league-imposed two-game suspension stemming from a drunken driving arrest in November.