New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The New Orleans Pelicans (7-19) play against the Houston Rockets (16-16) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Sunday December 5, 2021

New Orleans Pelicans 108, Houston Rockets 118 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Brandon Ingram drops 40 but the New Orleans Pelicans lose to the Houston Rockets
It’s time for this team to make some changes. Let’s talk about it!
https://t.co/WeNJD9gXPI pic.twitter.com/tcpk3AU8yv11:49 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Building chemistry. 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/94t6B0JY2D11:20 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
. @LSUfootball interim HC Brad Davis will coach LSU in the @TexasBowl vs @KStateFB . He noted today how hospitable the #Texans were when LSU practiced for 5 days in Houston due to Hurricane Ida. Said they’re excited to play in front of their fans w/ their huge Houston alumni base – 11:06 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
In the six-game winning streak, the Rockets have averaged 29.3 assists, most in the NBA in that stretch. In the first 17 games, they averaged 20.2 to rank last in the league. – 11:04 PM
Josh Hart @joshhart
Rod Wave got some much 🔥🔥 – 11:00 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
It should be time to start thinking about dropping NAW for a bit but there really isn’t any other option. Maybe Gary Clark sees minutes? – 10:46 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets hold off Pelicans to keep rolling, extend winning streak to 6 games houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 10:46 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood on the Toyota Center crowds: “I hear the fans. I feel the fans. And the energy is getting better as we win more games.” – 10:40 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood on the two-big lineups: “It’s fine. It worked out for us today.” – 10:38 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans failed to take advantage of Brandon Ingram’s splendor in Sunday’s 118-108 loss to the Houston Rockets.
New Orleans now resides in the cellar of the Western Conference with a 7-19 record overall. https://t.co/NuFtPpZXeC pic.twitter.com/Uylec2WZP610:37 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood on going from a 15-game losing streak to a 6-game winning streak: “It’s crazy, but you got to love it.” – 10:37 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Christian Wood on the Rockets winning 6 in a row right after losing 15 straight: “It’s crazy, but you gotta love it.” – 10:36 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
DJ Augustin raved about Alperen Sengun’s basketball IQ. “You can tell he was well taught.” – 10:15 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas believes the Rockets offense will get better when they play 2 bigs as the season progresses: “We were better than average offensively (tonight) & we had been way below average offensively with 2 bigs on the floor. We’re making strides, we’re growing and learning..” pic.twitter.com/RbmuT8Q6tY10:13 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Willie Green praising Willy Hernangomez (10 pts, 14 reb in 16 mins at Houston): “I don’t even know what more I can ask from him. He’s a great teammate, great human being. He lifts up everyone’s spirits, just being around him, then he goes out and plays his heart out.” – 10:12 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Next 9 games for the Rockets:
• Brooklyn
• Milwaukee
• at Memphis
• at Atlanta
• at Cleveland
• New York
• at Detroit
• at Chicago
• at Milwaukee
It’s about to get real. – 10:10 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
17 made 3️⃣s for the #Rockets tonight! pic.twitter.com/oh7IVVc0G910:10 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon: “I’m all about winning. As soon as I stepped foot here in Houston, that’s what it was all about.” – 10:07 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon on if the group believes they can keep this going: “No question. This should be the standard.” – 10:05 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Rockets are now 3.5 games out of the last play-in spot and 4.5 games out of the 6-seed – 10:04 PM
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Sun
Evan Mobley, 14 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Scottie Barnes, 11 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
Alperen Sengun, 10 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk in 17 min – 10:03 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon: “We’re playing the right way.” – 10:02 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
EG and C-Wood combined for 46PTS. 🚀
@creditkarma | #MoneyMoveoftheGame pic.twitter.com/TUhQ12QxaV9:53 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Longest current win streak in the NBA:
Houston Rockets: 6 games
Longest current win streak in the NFC:
Washington Football Team: 4 games – 9:52 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Christian Wood Player of the Week? Averaged 16.8 in the four wins, but that includes the game he was hurt and took just one shot. In the three games he played and finished, averaged 22.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, two blocked shots, made 49 % of shots and 55.6 % of 3s. – 9:51 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Updated look at Rockets chances of landing Paolo Banchero… pic.twitter.com/YQt6lt35X19:49 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Final Stats from Toyota Center:
@Brandon Ingram: 40pts, 4ast
@Jonas Valanciunas 17pts, 10reb, 3ast
@Willy Hernangomez 10pts, 14reb
@Nickeil Alexander-Walker 10pts, 5ast
#Pelicans | @FanDuel pic.twitter.com/oZQEnhRYSe9:42 PM

New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Postgame Interviews (12/5 at HOU):
Willie Green
Willy Hernangómez
Brandon Ingram – 9:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Garrison Mathews always getting clutch buckets 🔥 pic.twitter.com/f70FzceALl9:42 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Brandon Ingram pours in season-high 40 pts but #Pelicans can’t overcome rough shooting night in 118-108 loss to Rockets in Houston. @PanzuraStorage postgame wrap: https://t.co/mpyHaA4Crn pic.twitter.com/SQqOZbcSEb9:38 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
With the Rockets winning 6 straight games they have matched their win total from the final 51 games of last season – 9:37 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Six in a row for the previously 1-16 Rockets.
If they can make it to 7 straight vs the Nets, we’ll make Christian Wood our profile picture. pic.twitter.com/Pv4KdiRCHq9:36 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
When you hold the longest win streak in the league. 😌 pic.twitter.com/8qlLwQkr7H9:35 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Two weeks ago, several articles talked about Houston finishing as the worst NBA team of All-Time. The Rockets would need to finish 1-58 for that to happen. – 9:34 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Closing score for this road trip. pic.twitter.com/qS4uW9wvWa9:33 PM

Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
6 STRAIGHT! THE WIN STREAK CONTINUES! ROCKETS WIN!!!!!!!! – 9:33 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Final: Rockets 118, Pelicans 108
New Orleans wastes Brandon Ingram’s 40-point night.
Graham-Temple starting back court shot 5 of 19. NAW went 3 of 13 off the bench.
Houston passes New Orleans in the West standings. – 9:32 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
make that 6️⃣ in a row!!
@ATT | #LightTheFuse pic.twitter.com/i02cvDykes9:32 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Final: Rockets 118, Pelicans 108
Ingram 40 pts
Valanciunas 17 pts & 10 rebs
Hernangomez 10 pts & 14 rebs
Huge night from Ingram ends up not being enough bc Pels struggle to get any meaningful production from other perimeter guys. They shot 10-38 on 3s as a team. Hou was 17-40. – 9:32 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
FINAL: Rockets 118, Pelicans 108
– Ingram: 40p, 5r, 4a, 15/28 FG
– JV: 17p, 10r, 3a, 3b
– Willy: 10p, 14r
– NAW: 10p, 5a
Pels: 42.6 FG%, 10/38 3P, 18/25 FT
Rockets: 49.4 FG%, 17/40 3P, 23/29 FT
Pels fall to 7-19.
Rockets win their 6th in a row. – 9:31 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 118, Pelicans 108. Rockets have won six straight. Every starter plus Sengun in double figures. – 9:31 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
The Houston Rockets have won 6 professional basketball games in a row. – 9:30 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Houston Rockets have now won six straight games. – 9:30 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets beat the Pelicans 118-108 for their 6th straight win, now 7-16 this season. Houston made 17-40 3’s (42.5%), their starting 5 was 15-25 (60%) on 3’s. – 9:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Seven point game, a half minute left. Can’t guess why the Pelicans did not foul. Garrison Mathews 3-pointer, his fourth, ices it. – 9:29 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Garrison Mathews is so freakin CLUTCH – 9:28 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Pelicans couldn’t get enough buckets early and couldn’t get enough stops late. – 9:28 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
BI can’t foul Daniel House on a fadeaway.
Pelicans have not played smartly at all tonight. – 9:26 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
This is now the third 40-point game of Brandon Ingram’s career. – 9:26 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
With the way this game has been called, Nickeil’s gotta take that drive through Eric Gordon stronger instead of falling away so much on the shot attempt. – 9:25 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
still thinking about that KJ slam 😳 pic.twitter.com/SqyGZpHXaS9:22 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Pelicans on 8-1 run, back within eight with 3:04 left. Silas time out just before he’d have lost it under three minutes. Game looking a lot like Friday’s. – 9:21 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Silas gets a use-it-or-lose-it timeout in right before the three-minute mark.
Rockets – 111
Pelicans – 103
We have 3:04 left in Houston. – 9:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Pelicans cut a once 15-point lead down to 8. Rockets call timeout. – 9:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets change starters to match up with Pelicans, upcoming big lineups ift.tt/3oq9gjg9:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. out to get nagging thigh injury ‘right’ ift.tt/31AHE2c9:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni returns to Toyota Center with Pelicans ift.tt/3y5kz3S9:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets going with the Wood-Sengun lineup in the fourth for the second-consecutive game. Sengun hits a short jumper for a 12-point lead. – 9:16 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Brandon Ingram has 35 points tonight, a season-high. It’s his first time scoring 35+ since March 2021.
Surprisingly, it’s only the 7th time in BI’s career he’s scored 35+ in a game. – 9:11 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Brandon Ingram has 35-points right now and I had no clue it was that high until I glanced at the game box score. – 9:11 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Brandon knocks it down 🏀
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/0zYHy8qmSu9:10 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Brandon Ingram with a season-high 35 points … but the Pels are gonna need a quite a few more (and some stops) to win this one. – 9:09 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
As much as the Rockets have been pounded on the boards, they have outscored the Pelicans by one in second-chance points after three-consecutive K.J. Martin put backs. – 9:08 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
It’s been a tough night for Herb Jones – 9:08 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
KJ Martin is going to have a 30-point game with just put-back dunks and layups one day. – 9:07 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
KJ MARTIN ARE YOU KIDDING ME – 9:03 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 3rd: Rockets 94, Pelicans 85
Ingram 33 pts & 5 rebs
Hernangomez 10 pts & 14 rebs
NAW 10 pts
Pels have to start playing with more physicality on defense. The Rockets are looking very comfortable out there. Gordon and Wood have a combined 45 points. – 8:58 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 94, Pelicans 85 after 3. Rockets led by as much as 15 but Pels have outscored the Rockets 10-1 in the last minute of the first three quarters. Rockets 14 of 32 on 3s, have made at least 15 in each game of winning streak. – 8:58 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
One left to play!
Rockets: 94
Pelicans: 85
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/vL4accJzAh8:58 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Season-high 33 points for Brandon Ingram. Pels trail Rockets by nine headed into the fourth quarter. – 8:57 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Willy Hernangomez has a career-high 9 offensive rebounds, and he tied his season-high with 14 rebounds.
He’s played 16 minutes. – 8:56 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Some of these defensive fouls against Houston jump shooters are giving me nightmare flashbacks to the Harden Era – 8:51 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Pelicans challenging a foul called on Trey Murphy. Bit of a bailout call on a House shot at the buzzer. Did not see the foul on the shot at all. Reached in early but that was not the call. – 8:51 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets having trouble getting anything but 3s against the Pelicans’ zone. But Wood hits his fifth for his season high, one shy of matching his career high. He has 22 on 12 shots. Rockets with 10 of their 16 attempts in third from deep. – 8:47 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Christian Wood and Eric Gordon cooking the Pels is cruel punishment for the fan base. – 8:47 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Nickeil Alexander-Walker started 0-6 from the field. He’s made his last 3 shot attempts — all three-pointers. – 8:46 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood probably doesn’t get enough credit for his touch around the basket. That floater was pretty. – 8:45 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Jonas Valanciunas leaving the game with some kind of back injury and he looks mighty uncomfortable sitting on the bench.
Damnit. – 8:43 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Jonas Valanciunas just walked off the court very, very slowly and he’s holding his back. Aaron Nelson is checking him out right now in front of the Pels’ bench. – 8:43 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
TRIPLE
📺: @BallySportsNOLA
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/CSevVaAIzZ8:42 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jonas Valanciunas looks like he’s dealing with some back pain. Just checked out of the game and is being looked at by a trainer. – 8:42 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jonas Valanciunas looks to have hurt his back, struggles to the bench. – 8:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
C-Wood is 4-4 from behind the arc tonight! 💦 pic.twitter.com/c1Abdi63f08:39 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
EG is 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 it 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jHZHmtYIqo8:37 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Midway through 3rd quarter, Pelicans trail Rockets 75-63. They’re just not playing with any force defensively. Eric Gordon getting anything he wants and Houston’s having an easy time getting good looks from 3-point range, which they’re converting — 12 makes in 24 attempts. Yuck. – 8:37 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
A Rockets starter had had a season high for points, assists or rebounds, sometimes more than one starter, in each of the five games of the winning streak. Gordon a bucket away from making it six straight games. – 8:36 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Brandon Ingram up to 26 points. Only one other Pelican in double digits. Willy Hernangomez has 10. – 8:36 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Eric Gordon is up to 22 points. This is the first time he’s scored 20+ points in consecutive games this season. – 8:36 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
BI is up to 26 points on 10-19 shooting. The problem is Willy Hernangomez is the only other Pel in double figures (10 pts).
Also doesn’t help that Houston is still shooting 55 percent from the floor. – 8:36 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
3️⃣3️⃣3️⃣3️⃣
📺: @BallySportsNOLA
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/5YtEfdMCw18:33 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Eric Gordon up to 22 with seven minutes left in the third. Had season high 24 on Friday. – 8:33 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon’s just having one of those runs right now where he looks like a an All-Star. – 8:32 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
If Rockets big men keep fouling at this rate, Gana Diop is going to have to play center for the Rockets down the stretch. – 8:27 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Who’s your #Pelicans Player of the Week for Week 7? (Games at LAC, vs. DAL, at DAL, as well as tonight at HOU) Statistics are through the first three games of this #NBA week #PelsPOTWPoll8:25 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Pelicans are 4th in the NBA in offensive rebounds, avg. 12 a game. They’ve got 13 so far here at halftime, with Hernangomez collecting 8 of them. According to Assistant Coach DeSagana Diop, this was an area of concern heading into tonight & said team NEEDS to box out. – 8:18 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Scenario nobody is talking about: What if Houston closes the year on a 65-game win streak but it’s only good enough to get them the 3 seed? – 8:18 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st half: Rockets 57, Pelicans 49
Ingram 19 pts
Hernangomez 10 pts & 12 rebs
Jones 5 pts
Houston shot 55 percent from the floor, 8-18 on 3s. The Pels shot 36.7 percent, 4-19 on 3s. If the shooting #s start to even out, the Pels should have a chance to take control – 8:11 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Mathews with the four-point play 😵 pic.twitter.com/UPQh2KRbRC8:10 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 57, Pelicans 49 at half. Rockets briefly got up 13. Rockets shooting 55 %, 44.4 % on 3s. Pels taking a lot of shots by grabbing rebounds. Wood with 13, Mathews with 10. Ingram with 19. – 8:10 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
HALF: Rockets 57, Pelicans 49
– Ingram: 19p, 2r, 2a, 7/14 FG, 4/4 FT
– Willy: 10p, 12r
– Pels have to get more ball movement. Just nine assists in first half
Pels: 36.7 FG%, 4/19 3P, 9/13 FT
Rockets: 55.0 FG%, 8/18 3P, 5/8 FT – 8:09 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Eric Gordon falls down.
Herb Jones gets whistled for the foul.
Clean it up @OfficialNBARefs8:07 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Pels with 13 offensive rebounds. Rockets with 17 rebounds. – 8:05 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews just made an and-1 three a few feet behind the line. – 8:03 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
SATO SLAM!! 🤯
📺: @BallySportsNOLA
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/rJSgMmEIRU7:59 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
make way… SENGUN COMIN’ THROUGH pic.twitter.com/FuQRnCLiaQ7:55 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Josh Christopher picking up some first-half minutes. Checking in for Brooks, who is 0 for 3. – 7:53 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Love @ca_rockets dropping in the “Garry Bird” reference to Garrison Mathews. – 7:51 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Sengun making us allllllll happy with these moves 😄 pic.twitter.com/soxKT8QybS7:48 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni returns to Toyota Center with Pelicans. Rockets GM Rafael Stone came by for a visit during the time out. houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 7:46 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Leading after 1️⃣!
Rockets: 28
Pelicans: 26
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/NOPXpg2Ae17:39 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 28, Pelicans 26 after 1. Christian Wood with 10 points, four rebounds. Rockets shoot 55.6 %, 50 % on their eight 3s. But between the Rockets turnovers (6) and Pels offensive rebounds (8) Pels took 30 shots in the quarter. – 7:39 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st: Rockets 28, Pelicans 26
Ingram 9 pts
Hernangomez 7 pts & 8 rebs
Jones 5 pts
Houston shot 55.6 percent from the field, but they also turned it over 6 times. Pels need to get more production from their guards. – 7:38 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
BIG MAN JAM 🔨
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/ItAUmlwBpg7:36 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets second unit might want to get a rebound. Wait. Check that. They have combined for one. Still, getting bullied by Hernangomez. – 7:35 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Another game with Willy Hernangomez providing quality minutes off the bench. – 7:34 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Brandon Ingram picks up his 2nd personal foul.
That’s two on BI and two on Herb for the Pels. – 7:28 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Billy saves. B.I. scores 🤝
📺: @BallySportsNOLA
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/8yjddixJZJ7:26 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
11-0 run by the Rockets. Notably, only one center is on the floor. – 7:25 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
that’s just what Garrison Mathews does 👌
@Toyota | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/H97msLTNqf7:24 PM

John Wall @JohnWall
It’s somebody’s birthday‼️ ACE aka My World aka ABoogie, aka My SpiderMan, My Dude❤️ #AceTurns3 pic.twitter.com/TK6iIVf4Vz7:23 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Trey Murphy getting some early run here for the Pels tonight with Herb Jones picking up two early fouls.
GT and Herb sit, NAW and Trey in. – 7:22 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
K.J. Martin to check in after the time out. Rockets offense OK with the two bigs — 6 of 11 shooting, 2 of 4 from deep — but have to stick with drive-and-kick including kicking pass back out after drives. Had 4 TOs in first 3 1/2 minutes, settled down since. – 7:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jonas Valanciunas is not leaving the paint, even with Daniel Theis attempting to space out to three. – 7:18 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
The Rockets have committed 4 turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. – 7:17 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Three ball to start the game out 👌
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/yJUX0gX8Pw7:16 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Herb Jones finding his comfort zone on offense is turning into a major storyline for this team moving forward. – 7:16 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
It was initially put out in our Courtside Box that Brooks would start, but he will come off the bench.
#Rockets going with Tate, Wood, Gordon, Mathews and Theis to start vs. New Orleans. – 6:52 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Pregame vibes are immaculate. 🔥
@reliantenergy | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/qY69SIinJ46:48 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Almost game time! Be sure to download the #Pelicans app to keep up with all of the action.
📲: https://t.co/4bmEJzLTHg
@Verizon | #WBD pic.twitter.com/vDzIKmPrsc6:45 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
First 5️⃣ for tonight
#WBD | @Verizon pic.twitter.com/owBz9ROGUy6:43 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Tate, Wood, Theis, Mathews, Gordon.
(Either changed or I read wrong but deleted the previous tweet.) – 6:39 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Daniel Theis will start for the Rockets tonight. – 6:38 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Rockets with the headfake, saying that they’re now starting Daniel Theis tonight. pic.twitter.com/Ywvo2iRrkU6:35 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets go back to the Wood/Theis starting lineup along with Gordon, Mathews and Tate – 6:34 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Make your Pelicans Pick N’ Roll predictions before halftime for a shot at a $200 team shop gift card courtesy of @CaesarsRewards! 💰
Check it out on the home page of the Pelicans app: https://t.co/2LbNOG6ixX pic.twitter.com/QIeidvKvm86:19 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
KOTN 📸 Who do you think these belong to?
#WBD | @spacerunnersnft pic.twitter.com/VsQh3yS9G26:15 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Josh Hart doing some pregame shooting tonight. A pretty good sign bc he didn’t do anything before the Dallas game a few nights ago. pic.twitter.com/PSNtY76DH16:07 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Ready to rock it 🚀
#UltraDrip | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/sYqFB84Dzd6:06 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
New Orleans player development coach Corey Brewer and Houston player development coach Gerald Green are chatting it up on the sidelines right now.
Feel like both guys could give a solid 15-20 minutes tonight if needed. – 5:57 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Willie Green on Brandon Ingram: “When he’s just making the simple plays and getting in the paint and finding his teammates, our team just plays with joy and finds a renewed energy. It’s what we rely on him to do, and he has been doing a great job of it.” – 5:48 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Josh Hart will be OUT tonight. My bad y’all – 5:42 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Pregame read on the player some (Trey Murphy) are calling Macaroni Man nola.com/sports/pelican…5:39 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Pelicans guard Josh Hart is out with left knee soreness vs. Rockets. – 5:36 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Willie Green says Josh Hart (left knee soreness) will not play tonight.
Says he’s getting better and is starting to progress more and more but not quite yet ready to play. – 5:33 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Josh Hart will miss a third straight game with left knee soreness, Willie Green says. – 5:33 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas says Eric Gordon and Alperen Sengun will have to ramp up their playmaking responsibilities without Porter Jr. tonight. – 5:20 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Kevin Porter Jr. will not play tonight. – 5:16 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Kevin Porter Jr. is out tonight. Stephen Silas would not reveal his starters. – 5:16 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
A young @marioelie1 of the Warriors being defended by the Rockets @VernonMaxwell11 in 1991. Mario, a restricted free agent, signed with the Blazers the next year. Houston sent a 2nd round pick to Portland for Elie in 1993. The rest is history. pic.twitter.com/rzqykVFkpG5:03 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Exec. Dir. of the @TexasBowl David Fletcher (@utfletch ) on the LSU vs K-State matchup: “It’s really phenomenal to get the type of teams that mean a lot to the fans here in Houston. We’ve got a little bit of excitement about the purple (for both teams).” – 4:55 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
workin’ on the weekend like usual💧
@michelobultra | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/zNofDDNDz94:51 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Texans have 44 net passing yards today. Had just 61 net passing yds vs Bills. Remarkably as an expansion team in 2002, Houston had 5 games w/ < 100 net passing yds, including their 2nd game in franchise history, they lost to the Chargers that day & had 29 net passing yds. – 3:46 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Texans Tavierre Thomas forces the Taylor fumble, Kirksey recovers for Houston. – 3:33 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
🚨 Don’s miss out on our Weekend Flash Sale! 🚨
The Rockets host James Harden, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets this Wednesday, December 8th at Toyota Center. Secure your tickets NOW!
🎟 https://t.co/Og1aqh0iKA pic.twitter.com/mNRettrtMs3:25 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Weekend hoops! 🙌
⏰ 6:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/8RxM3uHBGY3:00 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
So 3:30 pm New Year’s Eve national semi between Alabama and Cincinnati from Texas… 7:30 for Georgia and Michigan semi from Hard Rock. Fyi: Heat plays in Houston that Friday night of New Year’s Eve – 2:33 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has yet to see NBA action this season as he rehabs from injury.
@David Aldridge tells @Brian Geltzeiler and @Sam Mitchell he’s concerned about the long term health of the young power forward #WBD pic.twitter.com/D18cHVAv0F2:00 PM

Willy Hernangomez @willyhg94
Tercera salida! 🤣🤣 – 1:44 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
End of the 1stQ in Houston. For the #Texans:
2 – turnovers
1 – first down
0 – points
Colts lead 7-0. – 1:38 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Texans have turned it over on both offensive possessions, but the Colts miss a 34-yd FG after the 2nd turnover, so the deficit for Houston remains 7-0. – 1:26 PM
Willy Hernangomez @willyhg94
Vaya carrera 🙌🏽😱 @F1 @movistar_F11:25 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
Current RPR ROY Predictor standings, determined by team success and our Rolling Player Ratings:
1. Scottie Barnes: 6.28
2. Evan Mobley: 5.92
3. Chris Duarte: 2.76
4. Franz Wagner: 2.63
5. Cade Cunningham: 2.35
6. Davion Mitchell: 1.52
7. Josh Giddey: 1.47
8. Alperen Sengun: 0.9 pic.twitter.com/9MQYbhE0fM1:06 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Alperen Sengun (per 36 minutes):
17.1 points
9.1 rebounds
5.4 assists
2.2 steals
1.2 blocks
49.2% FG shooting
40.0% 3-PT shooting
On why Sengun’s ridiculous production should be forcing the Rockets to be having uncomfortable conversations right now.
clutchpoints.com/alperen-sengun…1:05 PM

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