Jason Calmes

With Reke magic having possibly worn off. Where will the offense come from? Not looking good as @New Orleans Pelicans are scoreless after 3:40. -CR

John Reid

Rockets score opening five points in third to regain lead 54-52 against Pelicans.

Jason Calmes

Stagnant possessions on offense, and giving up threes and frees on defense, does not bode well to start the 3Q. #Pelicans -CR

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans call quick timeout after getting outhustled on a few consecutive loose balls. Rockets 2/10 treys but that gives them 54-52 lead

John Reid

Tyreke Evans missed his first shot of the game at the start of the third quarter after making his first seven attempts.

Jimmy Smith

At 11:37 3Q, @Tyreke Evans missed his first shot of the night.

Jason Calmes

Asik +2 Ajinca +10 DC -2. Rockets went 11 of 15 in the paint in the 2Q for 22 pts. (@New Orleans Pelicans had 18 total in the 2Q) #SizeMatters -CR

Sean Kelley

Rockets went 11 for 15 in the paint during 2nd Q. Out scored @New Orleans Pelicans 30-18 to make it 52-49 Pels at the half

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans' @Tyreke Evans still has not missed from field, but attempted just 1 shot in 2Q; he's 7/7 with 17 PTs.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans with a relatively clean first half; just 4 turnovers; #Rockets had 11 which resulted in 14 NOLA PTs.

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets trailed by as many as 17 in 2Q, now down 3 at the break, 52-49.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans score just 18 PTs in 2Q after 34 in 1Q; #Rockets put up 30 after getting 19 in 1Q.

John Reid

Pelicans struggled in the second quarter but go into halftime leading 52-49 against Rockets.

Jason Calmes

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

John Reid

Tyreke Evans finally makes a shot after the Pelicans missed eight consecutive attempts during a five-minute stretch.

Jason Calmes

Hou just called a TO the Pels needed more than the Rockets. Evans three broke 10 straight misses and the team looked disjointed. -CR

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans went 5:12 between FGs, from 7:37 2Q, to 2:25 2Q; lead over #Rockets down to 8, 48-40 with 2:15 before half.

Jimmy Smith

That make from @Tyreke Evans at 2:25 2Q snapped a streak of 10 straight missed #Pelicans' FGs.

Jason Calmes

Small lineups with this team, requiring DC to play this much, are killer. @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

John Reid

Pelicans have missed their last seven shots.

Jason Calmes

Some great off-the-ball cuts tonight by the @New Orleans Pelicans Not always resulting in buckets, but good looks and shots. Making Hou work. -CR

Jason Calmes

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

John Reid

Rockets have scored 12 of their 15 points in the paint so far in 2Q. Pels' 17-point lead now down to 10.

Jimmy Smith

#Rockets have committed 9 turnovers and the #Pelicans have converted those into 14 PTs.

Jim Eichenhofer

Sloppiness hurting Rockets big-time in 1H. Too many passes at guys' feet. Hou 9 turnovers leading to 14 NOLA pts. #Pelicans 44-34 mid 2Q

Jimmy Smith

Not surprised to see the defensively irritating @Trevor Ariza on @Anthony Davis

Jason Calmes

Late whistles seem to be prevalent tonight. Will be high-drama in that regard. -CR

John Reid

Pelicans' defensive pressure definitely making impact on Rockets- James Harden has took only four shots after 12 minutes.

Jim Eichenhofer

Group of Rockets fans chanted "MVP!" for James Harden as he shot free throws. #Pelicans crowd responded with loud "MVP!" on AD free throws

John Reid

Both of Dwight Howard shots tonight have been emphatic dunks. He just got a highlight at Alexis Ajinca's expense.

Jason Calmes

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

Jimmy Smith

With "MVP" chants raining down, @Anthony Davis misses 2 FTs.

Jim Eichenhofer

Has to be the first usage of "Pneumothorax" in a box score in league history: http://t.co/QLdPml0bb8

Jason Calmes

Howard in to start the 2Q. Curious if they will only play him after longer breaks in play. -CR

John Reid

Rockets 19, Tyreke Evans 14 end of 1Q.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans shoot 75 percent 1Q; @Tyreke Evans 6/6 with 14 PTs.

Jason Calmes

Reke with as physical of a layup as one can have to end the quarter. 14 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field. 34-19 @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

John Reid

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.

Jim Eichenhofer

Everything coming easily for #Pelicans offense, creating open shots in halfcourt, beating Rockets down floor (8 fast-break pts). NOLA 32-16

Jason Calmes

beautiful bounce pass by Reke for the Dante Cunningham dunk. Turnover battle biggest different in the game so far. 32-16 @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

John Reid

Pelicans rolling with 32-16 lead. Rockets cannot get into their transition game. Already with 6 turnovers.

Jimmy Smith

Another time out for #Rockets with 1:14 1Q, trailing #Pelicans 32-16; impressive 1Q for NOLA.

John Reid

Pelicans applying trap on James Harden.

John Reid

Pelicans have two blocks and forced a turnover on the Rockets' last three possessions.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans 10/14, 71 percent FG at 3:55 1Q and up 12 over #Rockets.

John Reid

Pelicans getting it done on both ends - leading Rockets 24-12 on 10-of-14 shooting.

Jim Eichenhofer

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

Jason Calmes

Ajinca making the midrange jumper he and Withey were working on pregame. @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

John Reid

Pelicans definitely have started game with a sense of urgency.

John Reid

Pelicans with early 17-10 lead vs. Rockets. They made 7-of-11 shots and 0 turnovers after six minutes.

John Reid

Tyreke Evans showing no signs of trouble with ankle. But he's giving Rockets early problems though, hitting his first three shots.

Jason Calmes

Looks like Rockets may stick to their minute restriction for Dwight. Pulled after 5 minutes. @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans 7/11 from the field so far, 64 percent.

Jason Calmes

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

John Reid

Dwight Howard's first shot of game is an emphatic dunk

John Reid

Eric Gordon makes smart play on perimeter draws foul on James Harden.

Jimmy Smith

That's a switch. @Eric Gordon draws contact from James @James Harden and goes to FT line; misses first.

John Reid

Pelicans have won three consecutive games against the Rockets.

Jason Calmes

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

Jason Calmes

Tyreke Evans avg 7.8 apg since taking over as the de facto starting pg. 11 games of double digit assits (@New Orleans Pelicans 8-3 in those gms.) -CR

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's officials: crew chief Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin, Eli Roe.

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's #Rockets starters: Ariza, Motiejunas, Howard, Harden, Terry.

Jimmy Smith

Tonight's #Pelicans starters: Pondexter, Davis, Asik, Gordon, Evans.

Jason Calmes

Rockets average 9.5 steals per game. Second in the league behind frenetic Sixers. Stat to keep an eye on during the game. @New Orleans Pelicans -CR

John Reid

Dwight Howard will be on a minutes restriction tonight against Pelicans. He is not expected to play more than 16 minutes.

John Reid

After losing three straight on the road, Coach Monty Williams said it is good to be back at the Smoothie King Center vs. Rockets.

Jason Calmes

Harden avgs 16 pts 4.5 rebs 4 asts against @New Orleans Pelicans this year. Tame compared to his recent output. Let's hope for more of the same -CR

Jason Calmes

Monty very complimentary of Asik pregame. "Very high IQ. Very tough." http://t.co/1Wqape1S9f

Jason Calmes

Over his last five games, @Anthony Davis has been averaging 5.3 assists per game. Second highest on the team over that stretch. -CR

Jim Eichenhofer

Starting lineups for Rockets-Pelicans in New Orleans: http://t.co/GN0Eg96Isg

Jason Calmes

This is @cromaguerawrite and I will be live-tweeting the @New Orleans Pelicans game tonight. -CR

Jim Eichenhofer

Dwight Howard under unspecified minute restriction; Monty on team's perspective on injuries: on.nba.com/1CZy4T2 http://t.co/Wjlu9m2Mxf

Jason Calmes

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

Jason Calmes

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

Jason Calmes

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?

John Reid

Pelicans injured forward Ryan Anderson could be a week away from returning: Podcast s.nola.com/C39ha3i via @nolanews

Jimmy Smith

In 15 minutes I'll be jumping into my #Pelicans chat right here. nola.com/pelicans/index…

Jimmy Smith

It's T-minus 55 minutes until the #Pelicans' chat blasts off right here. nola.com/pelicans/index…

Sean Kelley

Wesley Wednesday on @blackbluereport @SrDavidwesley4 and I have determined the # is 47. It may take 47 wins to make the West Conf playoffs.

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans shootaround: Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik expect to play tonight vs. Rockets: on.nba.com/1CYjnzK http://t.co/WChXEsKrI7

John Reid

Pelicans have decided not to re-sign guard Elliot Williams for the remainder of the season.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans' decision to sign Toney Douglas meant end of line for Eliot Williams. His second 10-day ended Tues. Team made no announcement.

Jim Eichenhofer

Five things to know about #Pelicans on Wednesday (NOLA 3.5 games behind No. 8 OKC; Pels host Rockets at 7 p.m.): on.nba.com/1GlgIQ2

John Reid

Pelicans won't catch a break on Wednesday night with Rockets' Dwight Howard set to return s.nola.com/UCE1wTj via @nolanews

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans' playoff chances sink to single-digits according to one website; pegged at 9 percent. bit.ly/1LXc0wK

Jimmy Smith

I'll be doing a #Pelicans chat at 1:30 p.m. today. All subjects available for ventilation. Don't be shy. bit.ly/1GkQ6yI

John Reid

Pelicans won't catch a break on Wednesday night with Rockets' Dwight Howard set to return s.nola.com/UCE1wTj via @nolanews