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Babbit is 3-4 from 3 tonight, and he has just been stupid hot from deep this year.
Austin Rivers just got his fourth foul - a technical.
Luke Babbitt has made 3-of-4 3s.
Luke Babbitt keeps striking with big shots from behind 3-point line.
AD just euro stepped Dwight Howard.... It is like when a player in 2k is too overpowered.
Luke Babbitt with another 3. He's 3/4 from deep tonight.
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.
Open-look 3 from Luke Babbitt to open 3Q.
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.
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.
Also, AD has an incredible stat line right now. 19 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 blk. No turnovers. No fouls.
Halftime: Pelicans 46, Rockets 39. Solid first half by the Pelicans, holding Rockets to 41% shooting in the half.
3 point shooting was a real problem for the Pelicans in the first half. They were 1-11.
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
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.
Dwight Howard has not played well tonight and has 3 fouls. Asik has made life difficult for him.
Dwight Howard draws his third foul.
Dwight Howard picks up PF3 with 25.7 2Q.
It isn't uncommon for injured players to miss one road game that is sandwiched between two home games. Rehab is the priority.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Dwight Howard blows a dunk, and Omer Asik was like, "ok".
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.
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
Jrue Holiday off to a 1-of-5 start.
John Salmons off to bad start - 0-of-5.
Dwight Howard off to a 2-of-5 start from the field.
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.
Dwight Howard picks up PF2 at 10:34 2Q.
Center Jeff Withey on the floor with second unit at start of second quarter.
Delay in game because Rockets tending to Donatas Motiejunas, who appeared to got poked in his eye after foul by Ryan Anderson.
Oh Ryno hits the shot and draws the foul... I really enjoy watching him play
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).
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.
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.
Rockets are shooting at 38.1 percent
AD moves over and gets a big block. I guess there is a reason he leads the league in those.
Anthony Davis has blood on his jersey - timeout to get another one.
Anthony Davis has scored 13 of the Pelicans' first 17 points.
AD gets the foul call. Free throws after the timeout. We are all tied up at 16.
Anthony Davis is already having a night. He has 10 of the Pelicans first 12 points. Also has 3 rebounds.
Dante Cunningham and John Salmons in for Luke Babbitt and Austin Rivers. This is a tough rotation.
Austin Rivers is crowding James Harden defensively, but he's still made two of his first three shots.
Anthony Davis 8, Rockets 8
Austin Rivers has to make quick deliberate decisions tonight.
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
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
Omer Asik's first return to Houston for a regular-season game against his former Rockets' teammates.
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.
Tonight's officials: crew chief Ron Garretson, Mark Lindsay, Justin Van Duyne.