The Phoenix Suns spoiled Rudy Gay‘s debut with the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, 116-107. It was hardly the welcome Gay was looking for, but his outing on Sunday night more than made up for it. The Houston Rockets were in town for an afternoon game on the West coast, and many thought the Rockets would get an easy victory.
Well, the new “trio” for the Kings had other plans. DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Gay all had noteworthy performances in an impressive 106-91 win over Houston. Cousins cashed in with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas chimed in with 19 points and eight assists and Gay led the team in scoring with 26 points.
It was a big win for a Kings team that is looking to make a run with Gay on their side. For Houston, the loss is inexcusable, as is Dwight Howard‘s performance. The immature center had a weak double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The inexperienced Cousins really did get the better of Howard in this matchup. The Rockets were without guard Jeremy Lin, who was out with a back injury. Lin has battled injuries all season and has had little time on the court.
As for Sacramento, they may have gotten a glimpse of the future in Gay, Cousins and Thomas. The three played well together and each player did some different things. It is still too early to tell if the Gay trade was really worth it for the Kings, but with a solid victory over what many believe to be a top contender in the West, the future looks bright for Sacramento.