Jenny Dial Creech

D-Mo said he was "feeling weird" after getting hit in the eye. Said he was okay after the game. A black eye was definitely forming.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets run out of steam late in home loss to Pelicans blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Howard Chen

Watchin "A Football Life" right now that features Jimmy Smith and... @KeenanMcCardell!!! Awesome seein ya on here, bud! #CSNHoustonfamily

Jenny Dial Creech

Howard’s right shoulder is the one that he tore a couple of years ago, so he thinks it is sore or strained.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard was having his right shoulder iced after the game. He said he didn’t think it was anything major.

David Hardisty

Morey came through locker room, spoke w/ Harden, Howard for awhile in whispered tones. I really wish I could have overheard some of that.

Jenny Dial Creech

Omer Asik just spent a few minutes hugging and shaking hands with a lot of Toyota Center employees/Rockets staff.

David Hardisty

McHale said the Rockets made a lot of mistakes defensively tonight that hurt them. Said Jrue Holiday was able to get where he wanted.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets are now 5-2 in second nights of back to backs.

Jenny Dial Creech

Pelicans 99, Rockets 90. Final

David Hardisty

FINAL: Pelicans 99, Rockets 90. Fatigued? Probably. Another cold shooting night but no late Harden takeover to bail them out.

Jenny Dial Creech

Anthony Davis getting a couple of MVP chants tonight, too.

David Hardisty

It's been all Pelicans here in the fourth. Rockets down 10, 2:25 left.

Jenny Dial Creech

Wow- Harden missed both free throws. He must be tired.

Jenny Dial Creech

Harden, who shot 21 free throws last night, is about to shoot his fourth and fifth tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets missing a ton of shots at the rim. But it's like they say, live by the layup, die by the layup.

Jenny Dial Creech

4th foul for Dwight Howard. People are booing it, but… come on now.

David Hardisty

Troy Daniels has played 7 minutes and has as many threes as all other Rockets combined. He's 3-4, the rest of the squad is 3-19.

Jenny Dial Creech

Troy Daniels is officially hot - that’s his third 3.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets lead 68-65 headed to the fourth quarter. Troy Daniels has provided a nice little spark.

David Hardisty

TROY DANIELS for three at the third quarter horn! Rockets up 68-65 heading to the fourth.

Jenny Dial Creech

A Trevor Ariza steal and slam just put the Rockets up .

David Hardisty

Toyota Center announces that Dwight passed McHale on the blocked shots list. Dwight had a smirk on his face. McHale gave him a dap.

Jenny Dial Creech

And Troy Daniels hits a 3 - Rockets were 3/17 when he came in.

David Hardisty

Looking for an offensive spark (and b/c Harden is in foul trouble), Rockets insert Troy Daniels. They are 3-17 from three tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Troy Daniels in the game for the Rockets

Jenny Dial Creech

James Harden just picked up his fourth foul with 4:40 to play in the third.

David Hardisty

Yikes. Harden picks up his fourth foul with 4:40 left in the third.

Jenny Dial Creech

Austin Rivers picks up a technical foul.

Jenny Dial Creech

Was talking earlier about how it must be hard to play in a basketball game when you got in at 4 a.m. after playing an OT game last night.

Jenny Dial Creech

A whole lot of missed shots in a row for the Rockets.

David Hardisty

Early third quarter, James Harden going to the line for the first time tonight. He shot 21 free throws last night.

Jenny Dial Creech

MVP chants for Harden as he shoots free throws.

Jenny Dial Creech

Omer Asik getting work done on the glass- he has eight rebounds. Dwight Howard leading the Rockets with seven rebounds.

Jenny Dial Creech

End of the half - New Orleans leads the Rockets 46-39. It’s been the Anthony Davis show so far. He has 19 pts, nine rebounds.

David Hardisty

At half, Pelicans 46, Rockets 39. Dwight picks up his 3rd foul just before the horn. Davis, Asik have more boards (17) than Rockets do (15).

Jenny Dial Creech

Anthony Davis is one rebound shy of a double-double. In the first half.

Chandler Parsons

That being said, everybody welcome @Rajon Rondo to the squad. Excited to get this thing going!!

Chandler Parsons

Going to miss my guys @Jae Crowder @bwright34 and @Jameer Nelson. True professionals and will do great in Boston.

David Hardisty

Big ovation for Tracy McGrady after they played a tribute video to his 13 points in 33 seconds game. http://t.co/PUam2BEw01

Jenny Dial Creech

Tracey McGrady getting a standing O from the Toyota Center crowd tonight.

David Hardisty

Replay shows Jeff Withey got D-Mo right in the face trying to block the shot. D-Mo is back up, will shoot the free throw.

Jenny Dial Creech

D-Mo up and seems to be ok. Talking with Keith Jones. Has one eye shut.

David Hardisty

Motiejunas got hit hard in the eye on a drive and he's down in major pain, showing a lot of emotion.

Jenny Dial Creech

D-Mo on the floor… holding his face… eye maybe?

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets have a narrow 22-21 lead at the end of the first quarter. Davis leads all scorers with 13 points.

Jenny Dial Creech

Papanikolaou checking into the game. His last game was against Minnesota.

Jenny Dial Creech

Anthony Davis 8, Rockets 8.

David Hardisty

Cheers for James Harden were louder than normal when he was introduced tonight. Fans definitely appreciating how he has taken it up a notch.

Jenny Dial Creech

ICYMI, I caught up with Asik in Istanbul in August. Omer Asik: No hard feelings toward Rockets blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Shocking. RT @Jimmy Smith: @Omer Asik returns to Houston for the first time since joining #Pelicans. Has declined to speak about it.

Jenny Dial Creech

It’s Omer Asik’s return to Houston. He got a few claps during introductions.

Jenny Dial Creech

I’ve successfully made it to my seat at the Toyota Center. Had a moment… Almost tripped and had a brutal (and embracing) fall. #CloseOne

David Hardisty

In the last two days, @Goran Dragic followed the @Houston Rockets, unfollowed them, then followed them again. #HouLovesGogi

David Hardisty

Tyreke Evans is not going to play tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Don't know how much Rockets have in tank, but Dwight Howard playing 2nd half of back-to-back very good sign as comes back from knee strain.

David Hardisty

McHale said Jason Terry will not return until Saturday night's game.

Jonathan Feigen

Good timing for the Greek Army Knife. RT @: Kostas Papanikolaou will play tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Ariza is second in NBA in minutes per game; Harden tied for third. Rockets obviously wanted to get them some help.

David Hardisty

Kostas Papanikolaou will play tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Kostas Papanikolaou will play tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

As for Brewer, he defends, runs floor well, qualities Rockets need behind Ariza, Harden. His 3pt shooting this season has been poor at best.

Jonathan Feigen

Don't be surprised if Celtics look to flip Wright. One of the reasons Celtics needed a deal done by Friday.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets still involved in talks for Wolves' Corey Brewer with deal possible tmrw, source said. Rockets can fit him into Lin trade exception.

Jenny Dial Creech

Terry isn’t injured- wife is having a baby in Dallas so he is with her.

Jenny Dial Creech

Long injury list for the Rockets again. Beverley and Johnson are probable. Howard is questionable, Jones, Garcia Papanikolaou, Terry are out

Jonathan Feigen

That is not to say the Rockets did not make their pitch, too. Rather that Morey's Blackberry likely will stay busy.

Jonathan Feigen

Rondo would have been fine addition for Rockets, too, but w Beverley's defense, Harden's playmaking, they still have other needs to address.

Jonathan Feigen

Rondo obviously a big-time get for Dallas. His defense especially at point huge. Wright was playing a significant role, playing very well.

Howard Chen

#Rondo MT @Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources - Houston dropped out of the talks in the past hr, clearing the way for Boston to complete deal with Dallas

Rockets Power Dancers

Happy birthday to RPD Desiree! Everyone wish Desiree a Happy Happy Birthday!

Howard Chen

Awesome. #cookiecookie RT @Metta World Peace: Sleep healthy. Relax , breath and goodnight. Mettaworldpeace.com http://t.co/Pd6EMcr5s3

Donatas Motiejunas

It was great to meet Lithuanian staff of Denver "Nuggets". Artūtas Karnišovas and Tomas Balčėtis http://t.co/1rGJgb43md

Howard Chen

This Matt Kemp saga just made me think about @shakira. #hipsdontlie

Howard Chen

Home-run Rockets' 1st-round picks RT @Daryl Morey: #TBT Robert Horry & Sam Cassell. Just because of their mojo. http://t.co/0VgTqp9D5l

Daryl Morey

#TBT Robert Horry & Sam Cassell. Just because of their mojo. http://t.co/RM5zZ7rPev

Howard Chen

Hmm interesting. Return of the Aeros, perhaps? RT @seanshapiro: AHL could return to Houston in not-too-distant future wp.me/p2s4iW-tw

Rockets Power Dancers

Good morning Red Nation! It's Game Day! Rockets v. Pelicans! We hope to see you tonight at the Toyota Center

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets overtime win not only key in the first half of a back-to-back, it lasted long enough to see the sunrise from the plane.

Jonathan Feigen

Said should've fouled in backcourt. By time was clear was too late RT @BitcoinBettor: @Jonathan Feigen did you ask McHale about not fouling?

Jonathan Feigen

Easy to overlook with everything else that went on, but Rockets held Denver to 35.5 % shooting in the second half and OT.

Trevor Ariza

James harden is cold blooded!!

Jonathan Feigen

Harden on hitting another last minute shot. "I couldn't throw a rock in the ocean in the first 47 minutes. I still had the confidence."

Jonathan Feigen

In 24 FTA this yr; 78.6 % career. MT @Allen_conCemex: @Jonathan Feigen espn stated, while bev iced gm, bev a 54% ft shooter. Is that right?

Howard Chen

Just realized how much Harden, Beverley, and D-Mo have improved their games as compared to 2yrs ago. Really just another level. #RedNation

David Hardisty

McHale said the Rockets should have fouled the Nuggets before they got it to halfcourt on the final play in regulation (Afflalo 3P to tie).

Howard Chen

Sooooo Harden has averaged 35.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 8 assists over his last 4 games. That's kinda sorta amazing. #RedNation

David Hardisty

FINAL: Rockets 115, Nuggets 111 (OT). Rockets now 19-5 and the James Harden MVP Tour (41 points, 10 assists) continues.

Jonathan Feigen

Beverley with a career-high 12 rebounds. His two fts give the Rockets a five point lead and a season-high 35 fts.

David Hardisty

Raise your hand if your heart sank when Gallinari got a wide open three look.

Howard Chen

Wow. Nuggets couldn't have asked for a better look there. Gallinari wide open in the corner.

David Hardisty

James Harden now has 41 points after hitting 2 free throws, putting the Rockets up 3 w/ 23.9 sec left. I'll try not to say that "sealed it."

Jonathan Feigen

Afflalo misses his second free throw as Harden did at end of regulation. Harden back to line up 1, 23.0 left. Rockets fans start MVP chant.

Jonathan Feigen

Really close, late call on offensive goaltending on Howard, but I think the right call. Can be reviewed.

David Hardisty

It's a shame that Faried just fouled out because he's exactly who we want guarding D-Mo right now. Rockets up 103-101.