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Troy Daniels with 13, a career high. Question is whether he surpasses his career total going into game. Had 20 in 1st 4 games.
Pels look a lot like the Kings of Tyreke Evans' rookie season. It's all Tyreke all the time.
That's a new career-high for Troy Daniels: 13 points.
1st K for Keuchel is very timely, ends the 4th. Seems like he's been encountering trouble all game, but has done a good job limiting damage.
Same starters for Rockets in second half. Last tuneup minutes for Howard, Beverley and Jones.
Rockets outrebound Pels 30-20. A lot of that from missing shots and tipping them back in general direction of rim. Have 13 offensive rebs.
Pelicans 53, Rockets 50 at half. The Pels that are left had a 10-0 run against the Rockets reserves that are playing.
That said, HOU getting excellent production from 2nd-year PFs tonight. T-Jones with 13 & 8 in 15 mins, D-Mo 8 & 10 through 12 mins.
HALF: Pelicans 53, Rockets 50. Rockets going almost exclusively bench in 2Q, struggled to protect paint. Jones has 13p to lead HOU.
Pelicans up 53-50 at half, but Rockets are the big winners tonight regardless of score so long as everyone stays healthy. So far, so good.
Loudest cheers of the night for Saints coach Sean Payton.
Having a Smoothie King at Smoothie King Center, courtesy of Pels PR. Now I really want to cover a game at the Mercedes Superdome.
Brian Roberts hits two free throws, enough to now qualify for NBA stats. And with that, he is the league leader at 93.9 %.
Josh Powell in his Rockets debut. Rockets up 35-32, early 2Q. http://t.co/Z7TunpyXfc
And the Rockets' Josh Powell era begins.
Rockets lead 30-28 after one. TJones 11 pts, 8 rebounds, Beverley with 9 pts. Jones, Bev, Howard, Troy Daniels played the whole quarter.
Rockets 30, Pelicans 28. Jones, Beverley combine for 20. Dwight not so much -- 2p and 2r. Don't know how much time they'll.
HOU up 30-28 after 1Q. Monster period for T-Jones, who nearly notches double-double with 11 points, 8 boards and 2 assists.
Even with so many key players resting, Rockets' offense still feasting from its favorite spots. 14 FT attempts in 1Q and three 3s made.
In the proud tradition of Vipersball, Troy Daniels doing a good job overcoming any hesitancy to take every possible shot he can.
With Rockets resting half their rotation, Pelicans seize early 11-4 lead. T-Jones only Rocket player to score so far.
Rockets off to a scintillating 1 of 4, 3 turnover start. Yeah, a lot of guys are sitting out, but three starters are playing.
Add another name to Rockets' sitting out list. Francisco Garcia inactive. Tough break for guy that picked him to lead Rockets in scoring.
Add Omer Asik to the list of Rockets players -- w Harden, Lin, Parsons -- sitting out. Don't imagine Howard will get extensive mins, either.
Houston fans w/CSN likely using the remote often tonight: Rockets-Pelicans Bench Duel starts at same time as George Springer's Astros debut.
Not too many votes for the veterans in our Rockets leading scorer poll. Should mention, Daniels starting for Harden; Casspi for Parsons.
Place your bets: Rockets leading scorer tonight? Troy Daniels coming in as the favorite. Isaiah Canaan not a bad bet.
No word yet on the rest of the schedule. So far, Rockets avoided that NBA-TV game and local blackcourt for the 60 percent.
Rockets-Trail Blazers Game 1 set for 8:30 p.m. Sunday on TNT.
Seriously just woke from a CRAZY dream (recovering from jet lag). Thank goodness it wasn't reality. Thankful and blessed for all I have.
Harden's regular season over as first Rockets player to ave 25 ppg in consecutive seasons since Hakeem's 4 straight from 1992-93 to 95-96.
With 1st round homecourt advantage clinched, Rockets holding out James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin tonight, maybe more.
Rockets make it official, announcing signing of Josh Powell in time to start shootaround with team in New Orleans.
Fowler was sooooo close to making a spectacular sliding catch. Ball skipped out.
Harrell out after 5 and just over 100 pitches. Battled tonight. Walks still an issue. ERA lowered somewhat.