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Wall makes Houston debut, Rockets beat Kings 122-119

DeMarcus Cousins chipped in eight points in his debut with Houston
Houston Rockets guard John Wall passes the ball around Sacramento Kings' Harrison Barnes during...
Houston Rockets guard John Wall passes the ball around Sacramento Kings' Harrison Barnes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)(Richard Carson | AP)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 10:37 PM EST
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HOUSTON (AP) - John Wall had 22 points and nine assists in his first game since 2018, James Harden had a big finish to score 33 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 122-119 on Thursday night. DeMarcus Cousins chipped in eight points in his debut with Houston. Late in the fourth, Wall found James Harden in transition for a deep 3-pointer that gave Houston a one-point lead. The two celebrated with a high-five at midcourt. Sacramento cut Houston’s lead to 118-117 with 22.4 seconds remaining on Tyrese Haliburton’s 3-pointer, but Harden answered with two free throws. Sacramento missed two close 3s in the final seconds and Houston held on. The teams will meet again Sunday in Houston.  Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 24 points,