New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – James Harden scored 25 points with 10 assists and 6 rebounds to assistance a Houston Rockets to a 95-93 win over a New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Trevor Ariza had 22 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Donatas Motiejunas combined 21 points and 8 rebounds for Houston.
The Rockets welcomed one defensive star behind to their lineup, though perceived concerning news about another.
The good news is that Dwight Howard returned from a two-month deficiency since of a knee damage and scored 4 points with 7 rebounds in 16 1/2 minutes.
The bad news is that Patrick Beverley might be out for a estimable volume of time. Houston conduct manager Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday that Beverley’s new wrist damage will keep him out between 7-to-10 days before he is re-evaluated. According to reports, Beverley might have tore a vinculum in his left wrist that could need season-ending surgery.
“I felt flattering good,” Howard said. “It was kind of an composition duration for me, though I’m happy to be behind out there.”
Tyreke Evans contributed 28 points and 7 assists for a Pelicans, who mislaid for a fourth true game. Anthony Davis available 24 points and 14 rebounds in a loss.
“It’s a tough loss. That’s what it is, a tough loss,” pronounced New Orleans manager Monty Williams.
The Pelicans could not benefit any belligerent in a Western Conference playoff race. They sojourn 3 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for a 8 seed in a conference.
New Orleans came out prohibited in a initial quarter, though Houston tightened it adult over a subsequent dual frames to take an eight-point lead into a fourth.
Evans scored 14 points in a opening 12 mins for a New Orleans offense that done 15 of a 20 attempts from a floor. His pushing layup only before a buzzer gave a Pelicans a 34-19 lead entering a second.
Motiejunas non-stop and sealed an 11-2 run mid by a second that brought a Rockets behind within six, afterwards Harden’s layup cut a necessity to one before Dante Cunningham converted a jumper that handed a Pelicans a 52-49 lead during half.
Houston non-stop a second half on an 8-0 run with Motiejunas bookending a emanate with shots from in tighten to assistance a Rockets take a 58-52 edge. Harden done a layup late in a entertain that pushed Houston’s lead to 11. New Orleans netted 3 giveaway throws in a final 20 seconds to cut a necessity to 78-70 after three.
Former Rocket Omer Asik forsaken in a layup with 1:16 remaining in a diversion that cut New Orleans’ necessity to five. Following a skip from Motiejunas, Evans got a layup to go before Davis, who went 6-of-14 from a tainted line, separate a span that cut a domain to dual with 7.8 seconds left.
Harden afterwards done 1-of-2 from a ribbon and Houston chose to tainted a Pelicans on their subsequent possession instead of permitting a intensity restraining 3- indicate try. Eric Gordon done a initial attempt, afterwards intentionally missed a subsequent giveaway throw, though time ran out before New Orleans could get another shot off.