Jimmy Smith

Time out 6:40 3Q, #Pelicans 58, #Rockets 54; HOU making a push.

Jason Calmes

Babbit is 3-4 from 3 tonight, and he has just been stupid hot from deep this year.

John Reid

Austin Rivers just got his fourth foul - a technical.

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans have to sag back, get feisty and help defensive rebound. Rockets had a sequence of a million offensive boards. NOLA still up 58-49

John Reid

Luke Babbitt has made 3-of-4 3s.

John Reid

Luke Babbitt keeps striking with big shots from behind 3-point line.

Jason Calmes

AD just euro stepped Dwight Howard.... It is like when a player in 2k is too overpowered.

Jimmy Smith

Luke Babbitt with another 3. He's 3/4 from deep tonight.

Jimmy Smith

Sloppy pass from @Jrue Holiday to Luke Babbitt for the turnover.

Jason Calmes

Harden just got to the line for the first time in the 3rd quarter. Expect him to start playing for the foul more. That's just his game.

Jason Calmes

One last thing re @Eric Gordon. Showing up to our party is cool. But the day after he tore his labrum, he was at a charity event #cooler

Jimmy Smith

Open-look 3 from Luke Babbitt to open 3Q.

Jason Calmes

John Salmons went 0-4 from 3 in the 1st half. He got open looks but didn't hit. Don't want to get too analytical, but he needs to make them.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans hold #Rockets to just 17 second-quarter PTs.

Nakia Hogan

Pelicans had some wide open 3-point looks in the first half but made just 1 of 9. If they can shoot it better, I really like their chances.

Jason Calmes

Also, AD has an incredible stat line right now. 19 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 blk. No turnovers. No fouls.

Nakia Hogan

Halftime: Pelicans 46, Rockets 39. Solid first half by the Pelicans, holding Rockets to 41% shooting in the half.

Jason Calmes

3 point shooting was a real problem for the Pelicans in the first half. They were 1-11.

Jim Eichenhofer

Great job by Pelicans in 1H to hold James Harden to 4-for-12 shooting and 0 free throws. Dwight Howard 2-7 FGs, 4 pts, 3 fouls. NOLA 46-39

John Reid

Pelicans close out final 3:34 of second quarter on a 9-2 run.

Jason Calmes

Pelicans are up 7 at halftime. 46-39. Both Harden and Howard have struggled.

John Reid

Pelicans leading Rockets 46-39 at halftime. A. Davis has 19 points. James Harden has 10 for Rockets.

Jason Calmes

Dwight Howard has not played well tonight and has 3 fouls. Asik has made life difficult for him.

Jason Calmes

Also, everyone here at BSS wants to give a huge thanks to @Eric Gordon for showing up to our @TraceysNola watch party!

John Reid

Dwight Howard draws his third foul.

Jimmy Smith

Dwight Howard picks up PF3 with 25.7 2Q.

Jason Calmes

It isn't uncommon for injured players to miss one road game that is sandwiched between two home games. Rehab is the priority.

Jason Calmes

With a little over 2 minutes left in the half, the Pelicans are up over the Rockets 41-37.

John Reid

Neither the Pelicans nor Rockets have led by more than four points in the first half.

Jim Eichenhofer

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

Jason Calmes

Harden has to be the most frustrating defensive assignment in the NBA. He is so good at drawing fouls. He is also just really good too.

Jimmy Smith

Kinda wish @Eric Gordon was on the bench tonight supporting his teammates instead of a watch party; team obviously OK with it.

John Reid

Wow - nice spin move to the basket by Jrue Holiday to put the Pelicans up by 39-37.

Jimmy Smith

Nice spin move into the lane by @Jrue Holiday for the layup.

Jason Calmes

Whoa there Rivers. Take it easy with all those muscles. 5th turnover for the Pelicans tonight.

Jim Eichenhofer

Ryan Anderson (9 pts, 4-5 FGs) doing a lot of damage around the rim again. Has layup, post-up score and tip-in. 35-all tie at 5:34 of 2Q

Eric Gordon

Back in NOLA rehabbing so decided to catch game w/ #Pelicans fan at the @Jason Calmes watch party at @TraceysNola http://t.co/JmAWAjFEcH

John Reid

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

Jason Calmes

Dwight Howard blows a dunk, and Omer Asik was like, "ok".

Jason Calmes

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.

Jim Eichenhofer

Anthony Davis (13pts/6reb/2ast/1blk) to check back in after timeout. Second unit needs to get into offense quicker. Hou 31-29 at 8:21 of 2Q

John Reid

Jrue Holiday off to a 1-of-5 start.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans John Salmons 0/5 tonight in 9 minutes on the floor.

John Reid

John Salmons off to bad start - 0-of-5.

John Reid

Dwight Howard off to a 2-of-5 start from the field.

John Reid

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.

Jimmy Smith

Dwight Howard picks up PF2 at 10:34 2Q.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans wanted goal-tend call; Withey getting 2 FTs instead.

John Reid

Center Jeff Withey on the floor with second unit at start of second quarter.

John Reid

Delay in game because Rockets tending to Donatas Motiejunas, who appeared to got poked in his eye after foul by Ryan Anderson.

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets Moteiejunas down underneath the basket; may have gotten poked in the eye.

Jason Calmes

Oh Ryno hits the shot and draws the foul... I really enjoy watching him play

Jimmy Smith

How's this for a #Pelicans' 5: Anderson, Withey, Cunningham, Salmons, Rivers.

Jason Calmes

Rockets went 8-22 from the field in the first quarter. Pels were better with 9-20, but they couldn't hit from deep (0-4).

Jason Calmes

At the end of the 1st, Rockets lead the Pelicans 22-21.

John Reid

End of first quarter - Rockets leading Pelicans 22-21. Pelicans 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.

John Reid

It's now Jrue Holiday's turn to see what he can do defensively against James Harden, who is the NBA's leading scorer with a 26.9 average.

Jimmy Smith

Solid help defense there from Jeff Withey aiding @Jrue Holiday on James Harden.

Jimmy Smith

Nice reverse layup follow from @Ryan Anderson

John Reid

Rockets are shooting at 38.1 percent

Jason Calmes

AD moves over and gets a big block. I guess there is a reason he leads the league in those.

Jimmy Smith

Could be another big-stat-line night for @Anthony Davis; has 13 PTs, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK with there's 2:15 to go 1Q.

John Reid

Anthony Davis has blood on his jersey - timeout to get another one.

John Reid

Anthony Davis has scored 13 of the Pelicans' first 17 points.

Jason Calmes

This is @nicklewellen, BTW. You should really be at our watch party tonight. If you are there, drink one for me.

Jim Eichenhofer

Key for #Pelicans guards to stay out of foul trouble vs. the crafty James Harden. Still 0 fouls on NOLA. Anthony Davis 12 pts/5-6 FGs/5 reb

Jason Calmes

AD gets the foul call. Free throws after the timeout. We are all tied up at 16.

Jimmy Smith

Interesting defensive switch by #Pelicans left @Anthony Davis on PG Patrick Beverley. Beverley got the layup.

Jason Calmes

Anthony Davis is already having a night. He has 10 of the Pelicans first 12 points. Also has 3 rebounds.

Jimmy Smith

Dante Cunningham and John Salmons in for Luke Babbitt and Austin Rivers. This is a tough rotation.

John Reid

Austin Rivers is crowding James Harden defensively, but he's still made two of his first three shots.

Jimmy Smith

Very physical underneath between @Omer Asik and @Dwight Howard.

John Reid

Anthony Davis 8, Rockets 8

John Reid

Austin Rivers has to make quick deliberate decisions tonight.

Jim Eichenhofer

Good persistence by Anthony Davis to force jump ball after Dwight Howard took it away from AD. NOLA 6-5 at 7:40 of 1Q

John Reid

Anthony Davis has scored the Pelicans' first six points. He's going to need help tonight.

John Reid

Pelicans better get out on those Rockets' shooters a little quicker on the perimeter.

Jimmy Smith

Mid-range jumper opens the game for @Anthony Davis

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets wearing red throwback unis recalling championship days; #Pelicans in their home whites.

Jimmy Smith

It'll be interesting to see the defensive matchup of @Austin Rivers vs. James Harden.

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets enter game 19-5 in third place in the Western Conference.

John Reid

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

John Reid

Omer Asik's first return to Houston for a regular-season game against his former Rockets' teammates.

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets coming off an overtime win Wednesday night in Denver.

John Reid

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.

John Reid

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.

John Reid

Pelicans hoping they can continue emerging with their high-scoring offensive attack s.nola.com/OlrqFAN via @nolanews

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's officials: crew chief Ron Garretson, Mark Lindsay, Justin Van Duyne.

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's #Rockets starters: Ariza, Motejunas, Howard, Harden, Beverley.

John Reid

Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard in place of injured Tyreke Evans s.nola.com/y1a96lL via @nolanews

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's #Pelicans starters: Babbitt, Davis, Asik, Rivers, Holiday. No Evans (knee contusion).

Sean Kelley

How hot is Ryan Anderson right now? He's 16-32 from 3 pt in last 3 games -- 24.3ppg #Pelicans

Sean Kelley

Austin Rivers will start for the @New Orleans Pelicans with Evans out. This is Rivers 3rd start of season. L5 gms = 8.8ppg 47%fg off bench.