Jan 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) drives past Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 103 New Orleans Pelicans 100-Recap

 

It seemed like the Houston Rockets were destined for another bad loss to a sub-500 team, but an incredible 17-6 in the last 4 minutes helped steal a 103-100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

James Harden scored 12 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter, a quarter in which he didn’t miss a single shot(3 for 3 from the field, 6 for 6 from the free throw line). Terrence Jones scored a career high 25 points, while pulling down 8 rebounds, and recording 6 blocks, and Chandler Parsons finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

The Rockets started off slow, shooting just 37 percent(7 for 19) in the 1st quarter, as the Pelicans lead 30-19. Dwight Howard picked up his 3rd foul early in the 2nd quarter, but a spark off the bench from Donatas Motiejunas kept the Rockets close. D-Mo scored all 5 bench points and help cut an 18 point lead to 11 at halftime.

Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dwight Howard, PF 30 4-5 0-0 4-11 4 7 11 2 2 3 3 5 +13 12
Terrence Jones, PF 41 10-17 0-1 5-10 2 6 8 1 1 6 0 4 +5 25
Chandler Parsons, SF 45 6-15 2-4 3-4 0 8 8 4 3 1 3 1 +10 17
Jeremy Lin, PG 39 6-12 0-3 1-1 0 1 1 4 1 2 2 4 +11 13
James Harden, SG 41 7-14 2-3 10-11 0 2 2 7 2 1 4 3 +5 26
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 18 4-7 0-1 2-4 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 5 -2 10
Omri Casspi, SF 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 -10 0
Isaiah Canaan, PG 9 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -8 0
Francisco Garcia, SG 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 -9 0
Greg Smith, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Ronnie Brewer, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Omer Asik, C DNP RIGHT KNEE INJURY
Aaron Brooks, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
37-72 4-13 25-41 8 30 38 18 9 14 13 28 103
51.4% 30.8% 61.0%
Fast break points:   16
Points in the paint:   58
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (14)

New Orleans Pelicans

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Anthony Davis, PF 31 8-13 0-1 8-11 1 6 7 0 2 1 1 4 -3 24
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 21 1-5 1-2 4-4 1 7 8 2 1 1 3 2 +2 7
Jason Smith, C 28 5-13 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 2 0 1 2 5 -23 10
Brian Roberts, PG 29 4-11 1-4 1-1 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 3 -15 10
Eric Gordon, SG 42 11-17 6-9 7-8 0 3 3 6 1 0 2 2 -1 35
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Darius Miller, SF 30 1-6 0-3 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 1 3 4 +1 2
Jeff Withey, C 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Alexis Ajinca, C 12 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 2 0 5 +15 2
Greg Stiemsma, C 20 2-3 0-0 0-0 4 2 6 0 1 2 0 6 -3 4
Austin Rivers, SG 20 2-8 0-1 2-5 3 1 4 2 0 0 2 1 +13 6
Anthony Morrow, SG 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -3 0
Tyreke Evans, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Jrue Holiday, PG DNP STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT TIBIA
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
35-77 8-20 22-29 12 32 44 19 7 8 15 34 100
45.5% 40.0% 75.9%
Fast break points:   12
Points in the paint:   30
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   16 (16)

 

The game would be turned around in a hurry, as the Rockets started the 3rd quarter making 6 of their first 9 shots, cutting the Pelicans lead to 64-58. Jones erupted for 12 points to close the game to 7 points at the start of the 4th quarter.

A Jeremy Lin layup, followed by a Harden to Howard alley-oop helped to bring the Rockets to 96-92 with 3 minutes left. Brian Roberts would answer with a 3-point play before Harden scored 4 straight points, followed by a runner from Parsons to cut the Pelicans lead to 99-98 with 1:17 remaining.

It would set up a chance for Harden to show his stardom. The Beard hit two big free throws, and drained a step-back jumper over Austin Rivers to put the Rockets up 102-100 with 20 seconds left. Jason Smith missed an 18-footer on the following possession, but Parsons would split a pair of free throws to give the Pelicans one more chance, which ended up being a missed 3-pointer from Darius Miller.

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