NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Houston|
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: Houston 100, New Orleans 96
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 30 points to lead five
Rockets in double figures, as Houston fended off a late rally to upend the New
Orleans Hornets, 100-96, at Toyota Center.
Omer Asik totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who led by as
many as 21 but needed a late bucket by Chandler Parsons to close out their
second win in three games.
"We can't keep getting these double-digit leads in the first half and give
them away," said Parsons, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10
rebounds. "It's something we just have to clean up."
Greivis Vasquez paced the Hornets with a career-high 24 points, while Ryan
Anderson chipped in 20 points and 12 boards off the bench. Anthony Davis,
coming off his first career double-double in a win over Charlotte last Friday,
was limited to eight points and four boards in his first road test.
The winning team in this series has overcome a double-digit deficit in five of
the previous six meetings, and New Orleans nearly continued the trend. Vasquez
hit a runner and converted a three-point play to spark an 11-point Hornets run
that cut their 21-point deficit to 72-62 midway through the third quarter.
Houston's 85-76 lead entering the fourth was cut to two down the stretch when
Vasquez bookended an Anderson putback with a pair of 3-pointers, pulling the
visitors within 98-96 with 1:49 to play.
Harden missed from long range at the other end, but Patrick Patterson came
down with an offensive rebound to extend the possession. Parsons then hit
clutch a turnaround from 20 feet to make it a two-possession game again.
Anderson, Al-Farouq Aminu and Vasquez all missed from behind the arc in the
final minute to end the comeback bid.
The Rockets trailed, 27-25, after the first quarter, but erupted for 39 points
in the second to build a lead they never relinquished.
"You're not going to overcome quarters like that on most nights in this
league," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "When you have a quarter like
that it's hard to rebound."
Marcus Morris scored 11 of his 13 points in the frame, including a buzzer-
beating 3-pointer, and the Rockets held the Hornets without a field goal over
the final 6:23 to lead, 64-45.
This was a matchup of the two youngest teams in the NBA ... New Orleans made
20-of-21 attempts at the foul line ... Toney Douglas rounded out Houston's
double-digit scorers with 12 points ... Vasquez also posted a game-high nine
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