Russell Westbrook led the charge for the Houston Rockets as they fended off a feisty New Orleans Pelicans squad powered by Brandon Ingram.
To anyone doubting Russell Westbrook‘s ability to keep getting triple-doubles with James Harden as a teammate, Saturday’s performance was for you. Despite some teammates struggling that are normally reliable, The Brodie was able to lead the Houston Rockets to victory in the fourth quarter.
The game was much closer than expected, as Jrue Holiday was a late scrap to the lineup in addition to Zion Williamson for the Pelicans. Holiday is one of the best in the league at checking Harden, so he was expected to go off for his usual 35 or beyond.
Despite missing both their superstar and veteran point guard, New Orleans used a balanced attack anchored by Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to go into halftime tied with Houston and keep close with the Rockets all the way to the buzzer.
After a late turnover by Harden that led to a Josh Hart layup to cut the Pelicans’ deficit to one point, Westbrook came up clutch with two free throws to seal his first victory with the team.
Brandon Ingram finished with 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to pace New Orleans while Westbrook’s 28 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds led the Rockets.
Here’s a look at how everyone performed on Saturday.
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