Pelicans close out final 3:34 of second quarter on a 9-2 run.
Pelicans are up 7 at halftime. 46-39. Both Harden and Howard have struggled.
Pelicans leading Rockets 46-39 at halftime. A. Davis has 19 points. James Harden has 10 for Rockets.
At half, Pelicans 46, Rockets 39. Dwight picks up his 3rd foul just before the horn. Davis, Asik have more boards (17) than Rockets do (15).
With a little over 2 minutes left in the half, the Pelicans are up over the Rockets 41-37.
Neither the Pelicans nor Rockets have led by more than four points in the first half.
Anthony Davis (17 pts/9 reb/2 blk) nearly has a double-double with 2:15 left in 2Q. He's 6-9 FGs, 5-6 FTs. Pelicans lead 41-37
Wow - nice spin move to the basket by Jrue Holiday to put the Pelicans up by 39-37.
Whoa there Rivers. Take it easy with all those muscles. 5th turnover for the Pelicans tonight.
Pelicans playing Rockets tough so far, especially Ryan Anderson. Going to the basket more tonight. Off to 4-of-5 start, no 3s attempted yet
The Rockets are up 2 with 8:21 to play in the second. The Pelicans are sticking in there. Have to hope fresher legs prevail tonight.
It shows the Pelicans are a much better team with Omer Asik, they don't have to double Dwight Howard in the post. Asik can defend him alone.
At the end of the 1st, Rockets lead the Pelicans 22-21.
End of first quarter - Rockets leading Pelicans 22-21. Pelicans 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.
Anthony Davis has scored 13 of the Pelicans' first 17 points.
Anthony Davis is already having a night. He has 10 of the Pelicans first 12 points. Also has 3 rebounds.
Anthony Davis has scored the Pelicans' first six points. He's going to need help tonight.
Pelicans better get out on those Rockets' shooters a little quicker on the perimeter.
Another note about Pelicans' Omer Asik - he's always the first player out of the locker room after games. Going to see if it happens tonight
It appears the Pelicans are just taking a cautious approach with Tyreke Evans. Don't think nothing major here, but he's had some swelling.
Tyreke Evans had averaged 28.0 points over the last three games. Pelicans got to find some way to make up for that scoring loss tonight.
Incidentally, Pelicans wearing their white uniforms tonight (Rockets are in red and yellow alternates). NOLA 6-3 in white, 3-3 red, 3-6 blue
Next 4 days for Pelicans: at Houston, vs. Blazers (Saturday), at OKC (Sunday). Between Christmas and New Year's, play Spurs twice
Perceived as sellers, Celtics have received inquiries about Jeff Green from Clippers, Pelicans, Grizzlies but Cs not interested in offers.