Lin said he passed the ball to Jones in the corner, but by the time he got it back the shot clock was ready to expire.
"I was thinking you better pass that ball back to me rookie," said Lin with a smile. "I got it back and I was going to swing it, but there were only two seconds left. So I decided I better shoot and I let it go."
Ahead by three points in the fourth, the Rockets scored six straight. Jones scored twice from close range and Harden had an emphatic breakaway dunk following a Kings turnover, putting Houston ahead 102-93 with 5:45 left.
"This was a very bad loss for us and our fans," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "We played, but we didn't create the opportunity to win on the floor. They made the plays that won the basketball game and we didn't."
Asik scored the first seven points of the third for Houston. He finished with 11 points in the period to help the Rockets take an 88-82 lead into the fourth. Following a quiet first half, Evans had a huge third quarter with 16 points.
Harden scored 15 and had six assists, while Parsons had 14 points for Houston, which took a 59-55 lead into the break. Cousins had 14 points and six rebounds and Thornton had 13 points for the Kings.
Off the court, the uncertainty remains regarding the future of the Kings. A group from Sacramento and Seattle both made presentations in New York today with NBA commissioner David Stern and 12 owners.
The Seattle group, led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, made a 90-minute pitch accompanied by Seattle's mayor and a county executive.
The Seattle group has a pending agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the team and move it back to the city the SuperSonics left in 2008.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and a potential ownership group — Vivek Ranadive, Mark Mastrov, Ron Burkle and Paul Jacobs — pleaded their case to keep the team in Sacramento.
Stern said both cities made strong presentations. The commissioner indicated that it's possible the league might not be able to decide the issue at their Board of Governors meeting later this month, which was the original target date for a decision.
Notes: There was a video tribute to former King Francisco Garcia during pre-game. Garcia played seven-plus seasons in Sacramento before being traded to Houston in February. . After missing a 10-game stretch for personal reasons, Kings reserve F James Johnson didn't play for the second straight game. . This was the second game in a five-game home stand for the Kings that ends April 10 against New Orleans. .. The Kings shot 8 of 23 in the third quarter, but were still only outscored 29-28.