Rockets using lineup No. 16 -- Ariza, Smith, Dorsey, Harden, Terry. Terry's unbeaten record (9-0) as a starter in jeopardy.
That is two games more than tonight's starters -- Terry, Harden, Ariza, Smith and Dorsey -- have played together.
With Pat Beverley out for season, Rockets' planned starting lineup -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Jones, Howard -- has played 2 games together.
Rockets have used Ariza or Brewer to match up w/ point gds, but w/ Jones, D-Mo out, Ariza filled in there on Sunday w/ Johnson defending pt.
Also, I’d expect Ariza to check point guards in critical spots in the playoffs. That’s the defensive versatility he offers.
Rockets lineup: Johnson, Pablo, Harden, Ariza and Smith.
How many minutes would a five of Howard, Ariza, Brewer, Johnson and Prigioni have played together this season? They start the 4th.
Wall dives for loose ball, gets it to Porter for a layup and draws Dorsey's 4th foul. Rockets pull Dorsey making Ariza (?) center.
Nick Johnson on floor to start second quarter as a shooting guard. Ariza in at power forward.
Harden drove right around Paul Pierce and then knocked Webster on his back, as Ariza checked back in the game. how's that for symbolism?
First time Howard got a low-post touch without a double team since his return. He gave it up, tried to re-post, but Ariza turned it over.
McHale praised Ariza's ability to guard 1-4, and his clutch shooting. Good thing the Wizards don't lack in either one of those areas
I know why the Wizards got rid of Ariza, but Coach McHale just provided a reminder of why he's missed
In the Rockets locker room, there was a picture of Ariza in a Wizards uniform along with some roses, courtesy of a member of the Wiz PR crew
A black and white photo with some red roses are in Trevor Ariza's locker.
First player on either team out for shoot around? You guessed it, Trevor Ariza
With Rockets running out of big men, Brewer and Ariza in front court together. Makes it tougher to play one vs. points with Beverley out.
Rockets-Wolves lineups: HOU: Ariza, Smith, Howard, Harden and Terry. MINN: Wiggins, Payne, Dieng, Lavine and Brown.
Rockets move on to lineup No. 15 of the season -- Terry, Harden, Ariza, Smith and Howard -- tonight. Only one lineup for more than 15 games.
Only Motiejunas, Trevor Ariza have played in every Rockets game this season. Motiejunas slumped a bit after AS break, but was coming on.
Rockets did an interesting thing I’m surprised more teams haven’t done vs. NOP: they put a wing (Ariza) on AD and bigger man on Cunningham
Ariza,has been playing while battling flu symptoms the last few games. Said he felt better. He looked it. 22 pts, 9 rebs, 5 asts, 3 stls.
FINAL: Rockets 95, Pelicans 93. Big win for present and future! Successful return for Dwight, but Harden, Ariza, D-Mo truly shine tonight.
Rockets with at least three players over 20 points, Harden, Motiejunas and Ariza.
Harden exploded for 10 points, 6 dimes in 3Q, now has 22-10. Ariza has been incredible, now at 20-8r-3a and a pair of steals. 78-70 HOU.
Ariza looked pretty gassed on that last possession, but he's 2 rebounds shy of double-digit boards for 3rd consecutive game, a career first.
If the Rockets knew that Trevor Ariza's flu would lead to all this the past three games, should have had him licking teammates' silverware.
Ariza has played the last few games with a cold. He looks like he feels a whole lot better.
Trevor Ariza has 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting vs. Pelicans.
Ariza with another three over Davis' arms. Up to 18.
Bad off-the-ball def by Evans there. No mans land. Not doubling Harden, but away from his one who was one pass away. 3 for Ariza. -CR
Ariza pops a 3 thanks to a Harden pass. He's got 15. Harden with seven assists.
Rockets score 1st 5 pts of 2d half on Motiejunas post move, Ariza 3 and have their largest lead, 54-52. Comeback would be largest of season.
Trevor Ariza 3 has given the Rockets the lead, 54-52.
Rockets take a lead on an Ariza 3 - up 54-52.
Rockets out rebounding Pelicans 24-13 in first 24 minutes. Ariza and Motiejunas with combined 11.
HALF: Pelicans 52, Rockets 49. Houston trailed by 17 in 2Q and came roaring back behind Ariza (9-5-3), D-Mo (10-6) and Harden (12-4-4).
Tremendous half for Ariza. Been matched up with Davis. Has 9 p, 5r, 3a. One point game.
Ariza guarding Davis - and he has 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists this half. Impressive.
So fascinating to see the Rockets make this run with Trevor Ariza guarding Anthony Davis. Rockets now within three.
Trevor Ariza with a three-point play and a fast break basket and the Rockets have cut that 17-point deficit down to eight, 4:56 left 2Q.
Rockets going with their small lineup with Harden in for Smith. Ariza on Anthony Davis.
As expected, Rockets switch to a lineup with no point guard, playing Brewer, Ariza, Harden together. Ariza picks up Evans.