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Pelicans leading 100-81 with 6:30 to play.
Pelicans relying much more heavily on 3s in preseason than '13-14. Took 28, 19, 32 in prior games; 18 tonight. Averaged 15.9 last season
Jimmer Fredette strikes with a 3-pointer.
Heading into 4Q Anthony Davis has been awesome. He has 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks. Pelicans lead 90-75.
Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday struggling in third quarter with four turnovers.
Eric Gordon makes good defensive play- blocking Troy Daniels' 3-point attempt.
Pelicans have made just three FGs in the 3Q but still lead 80-71 with 2:59 to play in the 3Q.
Nice to get long look at 4 starters. Davis dominating both ends; Asik tough in paint; Jrue getting closer to 100%; Gordon aggressive on O
Only 9 minutes of action so far for Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette.
Pelicans' Anthony Davis has three blocks.
No help defense for Pelicans PF Ryan Anderson, who struggled to stop Terrence Jones from scoring on a post up move.
Pelicans SF Darius Miller about to enter for the first time tonight with 6:07 left in 3Q.
It looks like Pelicans SF John Salmons is still working his way back into shape. Early in the third quarter, he looked winded.
Not a good sign - Pelicans came out after halftime playing lackluster. Rockets on 11-6 run to cut lead to 72-65.
Rockets have cut Pelicans lead to 72-65 with 6:32 to play in 2Q.
Pelicans don't seem to have the same energy they started the game with.
Halftime: Pelicans leading Rockets, 66-52.
Pelicans rookie PG Russ Smith made a bad decision to force pass to Anthony Davis that resulted in turnover just before half ended.
Interesting lineup - Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers and Russ Smith paired together in the backcourt.
Pelicans shooting at 66.7 percent from the field.
It's preseason, but Anthony Davis with a midseason stat line (15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 5/6 FGs, 5/5 FTs). NOLA 61-46 at 1:56 of 2nd
Pelicans' Austin Rivers still a little too erratic when he plays point guard.
Add Eric Gordon to the list of Pelicans who are having a great first half. He has nine points and 3 assists on 4-of-6 shooting.
In case you were wondering, the audio clip after Jimmer Fredette's baskets has been "Fine by me" by Andy Grammer
Pelicans leading Rockets, 57-39, with 4:42 remaining before halftime.
Do you think Monty saw the Lakers attempt just 3 deep shots the other night and just kept saying "Nope." That's how I imagine it happened.
Pelicans center Omer Asik has scored eight points in eight minutes against his former team.
Pelicans keeping up with their preseason trend of shooting more threes. Nice to see Monty encourage it.
Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette has missed three of his first four attempts so far.
Gordon took a leisurely stroll around the paint before scoring.
Pelicans should bottle some of this shooting for the regular season. They're 16-for-21. Davis, Asik, Jrue, Babbitt are combined 13-for-14
Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is scoreless after nine minutes.
Obligatory Babbitt tweet.
Luke Babbitt showing what he is capable of providing with his shooting. He's made his first three shots, which includes 2 3-pointers.
Luke Babbitt's shot has returned. He's 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point line.
Pelicans are back to rolling. They lead Rockets 47-32 with 8:25 to play in 2Q.
Looks like Rivers getting some time at point guard.
Babbitt, Anderson, and Jimmer. Pelicans with a bunch of shooting right now. Davis should have room to work on offense.
Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca just picked up second foul. Still struggling to defend without fouling.
Pelicans backup small forward Luke Babbitt getting extended time tonight.
Pelicans leading 33-24 at the end of 1Q. But they held a 30-15 lead when the last starter was taken out (Anthony Davis) with 2:31 left.
Pelicans led 30-15 before Monty Williams took his last starter out in the 1Q. Pelicans now lead 33-24 heading to 2Q. Pels' bench struggled.
In the final 2:31 in the first quarter, the Pelicans' backups committed three turnovers and were held to three points.
After Ajinca has the shot clock violation some dude in the balcony starts screaming at Monty. Not quite sure how it's his fault there...
Anthony Davis playing aggressively on offense, demanding ball in isolation. Already 2 dunks and 13 points. Also blocked Motiejunas hook shot
Backup SF Luke Babbitt in game before Darius Miller.
Pelicans PF Anthony Davis has scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the first 7:22 of tonight's game.
Anthony Davis off to a great start - hitting his first five shots. He's making his presence felt from mid-range with pull-up jumpers.
Nice touch from Gordon on that layup. Encouraging.
Jrue Holiday looked as good as he has all preseason in first 6:04 of game (7 points, 3 assists). Downside: he picked up 3 fouls
Austin Rivers first guard off the bench to replace PG Jrue Holiday with 5:56 remaining in 1Q.
Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday just picked up his third foul of the game with 5:56 to play in 1Q. Austin Rivers enters game in Holiday's place.
We've played half a quarter and you can see the difference Asik makes on defense. Good luck scoring over him and Davis.
We've reached over 100 followers on Instagram tonight. Lets keep it going! @BourbonStreetShots.
No Dwight Howard for the Rockets tonight against Pelicans. Sore knee.
Pelicans off to a nice start on the offensive end. They've made 5 of first 6 shots and lead Rockets 13-3.
Pelicans doing nice job early against the Rockets aggressively looking for shots, especially off drives.
Patrick Beverley vs. Jrue Holiday is an interesting matchup. Beverley is one of most physical defenders in NBA. Picked up fouls 7 seconds in
Nice to see Asik altering shots with just his positioning. And not fouling is langiappe from that.
Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday off to fast start, scoring five of the Pelicans' first seven points.
Beverly with maybe the quickest foul of all time.
I almost forgot! New intro video!
John Salmons is starring at SF tonight. Who do you want to see get the most minutes there?
Sparse crowd at the Smoothie King Center tonight for the preseason home opener vs. Rockets.
Plenty available seats for Pelicans' preseason home opener tonight against Rockets.
I talked to Pelicans SF John Salmons before tonight's game. He is really forward to playing with the starters and other regulars.
Pelicans starting lineup: SF John Salmons, PF Anthony Davis, C Omer Asik, SG Eric Gordon and PG Jrue Holiday
Geaux Mac http://t.co/XWsLD8ReRq
Time to tipoff for the first time this season in the Smoothie King Center!
FYI tonight's game between the Pelicans and Rockets is available on NBA League Pass
The court design looks fantastic. Noticeable yet not overwhelming.
Tonight's officials: crew chief Jason Phillips, Don Hudson, Sean Wright.
Picture of big brother from the outdoor patio of the sports bar http://t.co/fy7rixkPlk
Sports bar outside 104 http://t.co/NICW03uj6x
New team store http://t.co/8wOdRqxNaK
Spying on Jake... Yeah, he was reporting, but he was at the team store, too http://t.co/h8FVpgwiX5
The Pelicans have a out doubled the size of the team store after renovations to the SKC. Selection of merchandise looks improved.
STEAM design exhibit with basketballs... Body Centered Cubic Lattice for those playing the crystallography home game http://t.co/BLugtLwVy1
In three games, the Pelicans have forced opponents to average 21.0 turnovers.
The new entry http://t.co/4o3y1W5uU0
The new front along Dixon Drive http://t.co/c3zCw4GQgi
Approaching the new Smoothie King Center entryway http://t.co/slQsazkz6V