Playing in Sacramento is one of the toughest things to do in the NBA these days, but the Rockets nearly stunned the team with the second-best record in the league.
Steve Francis scored 38 points and was forced to race the length of the court with 5 seconds left for the win, but his 30-foot bomb was just off and the Kings escaped with their lives 109-108.
Francis was a beast, going 14-22 from the floor and dishing 9 assists to boot. He had just nailed a 27-foot bomb with 6 seconds left to put the Rockets within one. After Chris Webber shanked both free throws, the Rockets, who had no timeouts left, had to make a mad dash for the victory, but fell just short.
Yao Ming had a bad shooting night (4-12), but finished with 11 points and a game-high 19 boards.
Clutch can be reached at email@example.com and also can be followed on Twitter