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Houston Rockets 103 New Orleans Pelicans 100-Recap

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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

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

30

4-5

0-0

4-11

4

7

11

2

2

3

3

5

+13

12

Terrence Jones

41

10-17

0-1

5-10

2

6

8

1

1

6

0

4

+5

25

Chandler Parsons

45

6-15

2-4

3-4

0

8

8

4

3

1

3

1

+10

17

Jeremy Lin

39

6-12

0-3

1-1

0

1

1

4

1

2

2

4

+11

13

James Harden

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

18

4-7

0-1

2-4

1

4

5

0

0

1

0

5

-2

10

Omri Casspi

7

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

-10

0

Isaiah Canaan

9

0-1

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

-8

0

Francisco Garcia

10

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

-9

0

Greg Smith

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Ronnie Brewer

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Omer Asik

DNP RIGHT KNEE INJURY

Aaron Brooks

DNP COACH’S DECISION

TOTALS

FG

3PFG

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

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

31

8-13

0-1

8-11

1

6

7

0

2

1

1

4

-3

24

Al-Farouq Aminu

21

1-5

1-2

4-4

1

7

8

2

1

1

3

2

+2

7

Jason Smith

28

5-13

0-0

0-0

1

5

6

2

0

1

2

5

-23

10

Brian Roberts

29

4-11

1-4

1-1

0

1

1

4

1

0

2

3

-15

10

Eric Gordon

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

30

1-6

0-3

0-0

1

4

5

3

1

1

3

4

+1

2

Jeff Withey

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

+2

0

Alexis Ajinca

12

1-1

0-0

0-0

1

3

4

0

0

2

0

5

+15

2

Greg Stiemsma

20

2-3

0-0

0-0

4

2

6

0

1

2

0

6

-3

4

Austin Rivers

20

2-8

0-1

2-5

3

1

4

2

0

0

2

1

+13

6

Anthony Morrow

5

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

-3

0

Tyreke Evans

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Jrue Holiday

DNP STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT TIBIA

TOTALS

FG

3PFG

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

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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