Late in the first half Sunday, with the Rockets tearing through the Kings' approximation of defense, Luis Scola went for a wide-eyed facial of a slam over Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins would not allow it, plastering Scola to the floor before he could finish his attempt at a stunning exclamation point. The Rockets had no complaints. They had brought back Kyle Lowry a month to the day after he was hospitalized. They escaped a rocky third quarter in time to blow out the Kings 104-87. And with Scola's effort to rock the rim, they were more than entertained.

"I almost had a heart attack," Chandler Parsons said. "My chest really was hurting after that. If he wasn't fouled, he had it."