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Wall makes Houston debut, Rockets beat Kings 122-119

Sacramento missed two close 3s in the final seconds and the Rockets held on to capture its first victory of the season.

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. 

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 to capture its first victory of the season. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 24 points. 

The teams will meet again Sunday in Houston.