Final Score: Houston 100, New Orleans 82
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - James Harden registered a game-high 30
points, dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds and Patrick
Patterson registered a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards, as the
Houston Rockets picked up a much-needed 100-82 road victory over the New
Carlos Delfino tallied 14 points and shot 4-of-6 from behind the arc for the
Rockets, who have won two of their last three games following a seven-
game losing skid. Jeremy Lin scored 13 points, dished out eight helpers and
had six steals in the victory.
"We moved the ball and we didn't play selfish," Houston forward Chandler
Parsons remarked. "Our defense was great, too."
Eric Gordon netted 20 points and Ryan Anderson added 19 for the Hornets, who
have lost two straight after winning seven of nine. Al-Farouq Aminu and
Anthony Davis contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the defeat.
"We didn't have the kind of focus that is necessary to play against an NBA
team, especially one that has beaten you pretty good," admitted New Orleans
coach Monty Williams.
The Rockets jumped out to a 27-18 advantage after one quarter, while Harden
netted 11 points. New Orleans, on the other hand, shot just 30.4 percent from
Houston extended its lead to 10 midway through the second stanza as Patrick
Patterson tipped in Delfino's missed trey, making it 36-26.
The home team scraped their way back though, as Davis' slam with 3:06 left
ended a 10-2 run, which brought the Hornets within 38-36. Houston, however had
an answer, as Patterson and Lin accounted for the team's last 10 points over
the last three minutes of the half, and the Rockets went into the break up
Things got sloppy in the second half, but Houston continued on to extend its
lead to as many as 19, twice in the third stanza alone.
Parsons' layup with just over four minutes left in the third gave the Rockets
a 74-55 advantage, although the Hornets did get back within 76-65 after Austin
Rivers hit a corner jumper with 1:18 left.
After Anderson's lay-in with 9 1/2 left in the fourth quarter brought
Houston's edge to 85-71, both teams went scoreless until the 5:49 mark. The
Rockets were able to hold the Hornets off as the contest wound down, and
Delfino, who added 11 points in the final stanza, nailed two clutch 3-pointers
-- the final one with 2:11 left -- giving Houston a 94-80 lead and putting
things out of reach.
It was New Orleans' first game since the club's official announcement of the
name change to the Pelicans ... The Rockets have taken three of four
this season from the Hornets, and ended a three-game skid in the Big Easy ...
Harden finished with a game-high eight turnovers, while Houston committed 22,
resulting in 20 New Orleans points ... The Hornets shot a mere 38.8 percent
(31-of-80) from the floor.
01/25 23:34:40 ET
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