Apr 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) posts up against New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) during the first half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Overcome Double-Digit 4th Quarter Deficit To Beat Pelicans, 111-104

 

It was time for the Houston Rockets to stop their late season slide, as the true grit and heart of a great team showed in their 111-104 comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Both Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley came back to the lineup after missing the past 3 weeks, and Beverley would score 14 points in the 4th quarter to help the Rockets overcome a 10 point deficit.

Playing without Chandler Parsons, who injured his back Friday night, Beverley finished with 20 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals altogether, while James Harden led the way with 33 points and 13 assists. Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and recorded 4 steals off the bench, and Howard finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

It was a struggle for the first 3 and a half quarters, as the Rockets shot just 25 percent(4 of 16) from the 3-point line, but hit 5 of 11 in the final 7 minutes of the game.

Down 104-96 with just under 5 minutes left, Lin stripped Austin Rivers as he was driving the lane, which led to a Beverley 3-pointer on the other hand. That would help spark a 15-0 run for the Rockets to close out the game.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Luke Babbitt, SF 34 8-18 4-8 4-4 2 5 7 2 0 0 3 4 -9 24
Darius Miller, SF 30 3-8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 5 0 6
Alexis Ajinca, C 33 7-12 0-0 3-3 3 4 7 2 1 3 2 5 -6 17
Anthony Morrow, SG 41 9-14 2-5 0-0 0 6 6 5 2 1 3 4 -2 20
Austin Rivers, SG 45 8-24 2-6 2-6 1 9 10 6 1 0 1 4 -8 20
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
James Southerland, SF 10 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 1 2 +2 3
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 28 1-6 0-1 6-6 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 -12 8
Jeff Withey, C 19 2-3 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 6
Anthony Davis, PF DNP BACK SPASMS
Tyreke Evans, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Greg Stiemsma, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
Brian Roberts, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Eric Gordon, SG DNP LEFT KNEE SURGERY
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
39-88 9-22 17-21 8 31 39 20 7 8 10 26 104
44.3% 40.9% 81.0%
Fast break points:   7
Points in the paint:   40
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   11 (14)

Houston Rockets

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Terrence Jones, PF 24 4-8 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 4 1 1 -9 10
Omri Casspi, SF 22 0-4 0-1 2-2 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 1 -4 2
Dwight Howard, C 29 5-8 0-0 3-8 0 6 6 2 1 2 1 3 +21 13
Patrick Beverley, PG 33 6-12 4-8 4-4 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 5 +18 20
James Harden, SG 43 10-22 3-8 10-10 1 3 4 13 2 0 4 2 +11 33
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 13 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 -3 0
Jordan Hamilton, SF 12 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -6 3
Omer Asik, C 19 2-2 0-0 5-8 1 7 8 0 0 1 2 2 -14 9
Jeremy Lin, PG 31 6-8 1-1 5-5 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 4 +2 18
Troy Daniels, SG 13 1-5 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 +19 3
Greg Smith, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Robert Covington, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Chandler Parsons, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Dexter Pittman, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
Isaiah Canaan, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
35-74 10-27 31-39 6 30 36 23 10 8 13 19 111
47.3% 37.0% 79.5%
Fast break points:   18
Points in the paint:   50
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   13 (9)

 

 

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