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Rockets score opening five points in third to regain lead 54-52 against Pelicans.
Tyreke Evans missed his first shot of the game at the start of the third quarter after making his first seven attempts.
Pelicans struggled in the second quarter but go into halftime leading 52-49 against Rockets.
Houston not resepecting Cole's baseline 3, mucking up spacing when DC got the ball. (Cole made a midrange jumper off the bounce tho.) -CR
Tyreke Evans finally makes a shot after the Pelicans missed eight consecutive attempts during a five-minute stretch.
Hou just called a TO the Pels needed more than the Rockets. Evans three broke 10 straight misses and the team looked disjointed. -CR
Pelicans have missed their last seven shots.
Cole needs to finish that pressure release after a dbl on AD. Get the ball to an open Q-Pon. Better a Q-Pon 3 than a Cole runner. -CR
Rockets have scored 12 of their 15 points in the paint so far in 2Q. Pels' 17-point lead now down to 10.
Late whistles seem to be prevalent tonight. Will be high-drama in that regard. -CR
Pelicans' defensive pressure definitely making impact on Rockets- James Harden has took only four shots after 12 minutes.
Both of Dwight Howard shots tonight have been emphatic dunks. He just got a highlight at Alexis Ajinca's expense.
Potential negative after 1Q. Rockets had 16 shots in the paint, made 8 (they will make more than that if they keep getting that many.) -CR
Has to be the first usage of "Pneumothorax" in a box score in league history: http://t.co/QLdPml0bb8
Howard in to start the 2Q. Curious if they will only play him after longer breaks in play. -CR
Rockets 19, Tyreke Evans 14 end of 1Q.
Pelicans closed out first quarter with 34-19 lead. They made 15 of 20 shots and Tyreke Evans scored 14 points after making all six shots.
Pelicans rolling with 32-16 lead. Rockets cannot get into their transition game. Already with 6 turnovers.
Pelicans applying trap on James Harden.
Pelicans have two blocks and forced a turnover on the Rockets' last three possessions.
Pelicans getting it done on both ends - leading Rockets 24-12 on 10-of-14 shooting.
Tyreke Evans making everything, carving up Rockets defense early, with 12 points on five shots. He's 2/2 on treys and has two layups
Pelicans definitely have started game with a sense of urgency.
Pelicans with early 17-10 lead vs. Rockets. They made 7-of-11 shots and 0 turnovers after six minutes.
Tyreke Evans showing no signs of trouble with ankle. But he's giving Rockets early problems though, hitting his first three shots.
TO Diff. always crucial for this team. Especially against a team like Hou. Pels winning that battle early (7 of first 8 pts off TOs.) -CR
Dwight Howard's first shot of game is an emphatic dunk
Eric Gordon makes smart play on perimeter draws foul on James Harden.
Pelicans have won three consecutive games against the Rockets.
In 17 gms Alexis Ajinca has played more than 20 min (strong possibility with Asik coming off inj, avgs. 13.5 pts, 7.8 rebs, .9 blks. -CR
Tonight's officials: crew chief Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin, Eli Roe.
Dwight Howard will be on a minutes restriction tonight against Pelicans. He is not expected to play more than 16 minutes.
After losing three straight on the road, Coach Monty Williams said it is good to be back at the Smoothie King Center vs. Rockets.
Monty very complimentary of Asik pregame. "Very high IQ. Very tough." http://t.co/1Wqape1S9f
Starting lineups for Rockets-Pelicans in New Orleans: http://t.co/GN0Eg96Isg
Notice how much better Asik has finished as of late. Teaches us all not to analyze a trade after two or three months. Some things take time
Monty said it is because teams go under when he sets a pick for Tyreke and he now has to catch ball in traffic. But he is starting to adjust
Monty with a GREAT point about Asik. Said that in Houston he caught the ball higher in Houston. Less traffic too. Why so crowded here?
Pelicans have decided not to re-sign guard Elliot Williams for the remainder of the season.