After a few minutes of James Harden dominating and the fast break flying, the Rockets only real concern became how much damage DeMarcus Cousins might inflict.

He bumped knees with Dwight Howard in the first quarter, sending Howard to the training room. But Howard soon returned, showing no signs he would be grounded.

Cousins had to be restrained after a third-quarter technical foul after he was called for pushing Howard on an alley-oop. But Rudy Gay fulfilled that new part of his job description. Cousins then went after official Courtney Kirkland, held back by still-powerful Kings assistant Corliss Williamson.

With that, Cousins’ night and the entertainment his tantrums offered were over.

The Kings chances were done long before, with the Rockets only real challenge was assuring the blowout early enough to give their starters the fourth quarter off. With Harden scoring a season-high 43, three shy of his career high, the Rockets tore through the Kings, 129-103, with no one having to put in too much work before facing the Clippers Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Harden had the longest night on the court, filling his 31 minutes with 11-of-20 shooting, 15-of-16 from the free-throw line, eight assists and three steals. This was nothing new for Harden, who had scored 167 points in his previous six games against Sacramento, the most in the NBA the past two seasons.

He made 6 of 9 3-pointers and after struggling with his shooting touch after hurting his foot in Sacramento Dec. 15, has made 41.1 percent of his 3s in February while averaging 27.3 points and 5.3 assists.

Howard, who has also rolled through the month, returned to play 25 minutes, making 7 of 9 shots for his 20 points with 11 rebounds.

Newly acquired Jordan Hamilton moved into the rotation and had a strong Rockets debut with 12 points and five rebounds, most before the benches were cleared.

That does not mean he put up numbers before the rout was certain, since that was taken care of soon after the opening tip.

The Rockets led by 31 in the first half and by as many as 33 in the third quarter. They entered to the fourth up 104-77 and well on their way to a 17th consecutive win when scoring at least 100 points, the longest such streak in the NBA. The last time the Rockets scored 100 and lost was New Year’s Eve against the Kings.