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                         === Rockets edge Pelicans ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA  (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden led six Rockets in double
 figures  with  26 points as  Houston battled from behind  to take down the New
 Orleans Pelicans 103-100 from New Orleans Arena.
 
 The Rockets trailed by as many as 10 points in the final period and seven with
 3:06  to  play before they came  storming back. Harden's layup at 2:50 sparked
 eight  straight Houston points to take a one-point lead. Anthony Davis tied it
 at  100-apiece  with 1-of-2 from the  foul line before Harden's pull-up jumper
 with 28 ticks to play put Houston on top for good.
 
 "He's  our  closer so  he did  what closers do,  he closed  and we needed it,"
 Houston head coach Kevin McHale said of Harden.
 
 Terrence  Jones  stuffed the  stat sheet  with a  career-high 25 points, eight
 rebounds  and six  blocks  in  Houston's third  straight  win, while  Chandler
 Parsons netted 17 points with eight boards. Dwight Howard chipped in 12 points
 and 11 rebounds despite battling foul trouble throughout the game.
 
 Eric Gordon dropped a season-high 35 points in a losing effort as the Pelicans
 dropped  their  seventh straight  game to fall  to .500 at  home. Davis had 24
 points in the setback.
 
 Davis  and Gordon combined to outscore Houston by themselves in the opening 12
 minutes  with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The Pelicans shot 57.1 percent as
 a unit and led 30-19 after the first.
 
 The  Pelicans  lead grew  to as  many as  17 points  midway through the second
 before a Donatas Motiejunas layup at 2:04 cut it back to single digits.
 
 Harden's  3-pointer early in the third ignited a 7-0 Houston rally, and Jones'
 personal  6-0 run a little later tied the score at 68-all, but New Orleans re-
 established a comfortable 81-74 advantage after 36 minutes.
 
 A  pair  of Davis free throws  at 8:09 of the  fourth made it an 86-76 affair.
 There was no quit in the Rockets however, as Harden made the most of two trips
 to  the  foul line  around a  Parsons jumper to  take a  100-99 lead with 57.8
 seconds to play.
 
 After  Parsons  split a pair for  a 103-100 lead, Darius Miller's late 3-point
 try was off the mark, and Howard grabbed the rebound as the clock expired.
 
 "That  was drawn up  and we executed it well and got the shot that we wanted,"
 Miller said of the team's final play. "It just didn't go in."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Houston outscored New Orleans 58-30 in the paint ... The Rockets shot just 25-
 of-41 from the foul line ... Houston capped its four-game road trip with a 3-1
 mark.  It returns home  to face the Thunder on Thursday ... Gordon shot 6-of-9
 from  3-point range ...  New Orleans looks to snap its losing skid against the
 Warriors on Saturday.
 
 
 01/16 00:52:33 ET