A forgettable late fourth quarter was the ultimate doom for Houston, as the Rockets failed to capitalize after jumping out to a comfortable lead before falling to the Sacramento Kings, 77-68.
Holding a two-point lead heading into the final frame, the Rockets fizzled late while the Kings offense rose to the occasion as Sacramento outscored Houston 27-16 to garner the NBA Summer League finals championship.
Houston (5-3) trailed by two at halftime but regained the lead in the third quarter before the team's late fourth quarter meltdown on both ends of the court.
Sacramento concluded the 2014 NBA Summer League with an overall record of 6-1.
The Rockets were led by the trio of Nick Johnson (17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Donatas Motiejunas (16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), and Isaiah Canaan (15 points, 6 assists, 4 steals, 4 rebounds).
Houston actually held an eight-point lead with 5:28 remaining in regulation before the team's meltdown truly began.
Or maybe it was more of a Sacramento spark than a Houston heartbreak.
Former Baylor forward Quincy Acy (8 rebounds, 6 points) gave the Kings the team's first lead since halftime with an incredible slam dunk after a pair of Sacramento three's had brought the team to within one point of the Rockets.
And with 2:08 remaining in the contest, the Kings never looked back – cruising to a nine-point victory over a stunned Rockets team.
The Kings were led by Ray McCallum (29 points, 9 rebounds), Rashad James (12 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds), and Nik Stauskas (10 points, 4 rebounds).
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