BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Ticker) -- Bobby Jackson
made sure the Sacramento
Kings did not leave China empty-handed.
Jackson scored six of his 13 points in the final two minutes as
the Kings rallied to their first preseason win with a 91-89
victory over the Houston Rockets.
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Houston posted an 88-86 victory over the Kings on Thursday in
Shanghai. National hero Yao Ming
scored 13 and grabbed eight
rebounds, but was rested in the game's final five minutes.
The only Sacramento regular in the game down the stretch,
Jackson hit one free throw to draw the Kings within 88-86.
After rookie David Hawkins' free throw on the other end pushed
the Rockets' advantage back to three, Jackson hit a 3-pointer
from the right corner to even the score, 89-89.
Hawkins turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, and
Jackson hit a jumper from the baseline with six seconds left to
give Sacramento the lead. Reece Gaines' desperation 3-pointer
at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim.
Juwan Howard, who was acquired from Orlando in the Tracy McGrady
deal, led all scorers with 15 points, while McGrady added 14 on