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Howard, Rockets welcome Cousins, Kings

(SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets will resume their five-game homestand Wednesday versus the Sacramento Kings.

Wednesday's matchup features a pair of talented big men in Howard and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Howard has scored 20 or more points in consecutive games (17 total) and has posted four double-doubles in his past five contests.

Cousins has ripped off 15 straight double-doubles, the longest streak in the NBA this season.

Houston has won seven of its last nine games and is 2-1 on the homestand after Monday's 126-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Howard ended with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 31 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

James Harden had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Patrick Beverly returned from a 14-game absence due to a broken hand and scored 17 points in just under 29 minutes.

"Patrick gave us a huge lift. I thought his defense was tremendous. Patrick just brings a little bit of swagger," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "He has no agenda when he plays besides play hard."

The Rockets scored 71 points in the first half and made 10-of-13 3-pointers. The 126 points were a season-high for Houston, which improved to 17-6 at home and will also host Memphis on the residency.

Rockets forward Terrence Jones (thigh) is questionable versus Sacramento and is posting an average of 11.6 points and 7.7 rebounds this season.

Meanwhile, the Kings will put the finishing touches on a six-game road trip (2-3) and posted a 114-97 win at New Orleans on Tuesday thanks to Rudy Gay's career high-tying 41 points on 16-of-25 scoring. He made 5-of-8 3-pointers to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.

"He put on a show coming off a game where he didn't play well," said Kings coach Mike Malone. "I think he wanted to bounce back and show everyone what he's capable of."

Isaiah Thomas added 20 points and 11 assists, while Cousins finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Kings, who are 6-12 away from home.

Sacramento, which shot 51.2 percent for the game and recorded a season-best 10 blocks, will play two in a row at home versus Indiana and Denver this weekend.

The Kings have beaten the Rockets twice already this season, but are just 5-10 in the last 15 meetings between the two teams. Sacramento has lost 11 of 15 trips to Space City.

01/22 10:25:49 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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