In their first meeting with the Houston Rockets this season, the Pelicans lost a tough one in the Toyota Center by a final score of 98 – 107. Dwight Howard made up for 8 turnovers with 24 points to go along with 18 rebounds, and James Harden added 21 points as well. A key contributor to the Rockets’ win was the battle at the free throw line, where Houston converted 25 of their 32 free throws, while New Orleans only had 6 free throws made out of a meager 8 attempts.
Ryan Anderson led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points of 53% shooting, but it was not enough to carry the team on his own. Jrue Holiday had a forgettable night, scoring only 3 points, and turning the ball over 4 times.
However, the team as a whole hung in there throughout the game, and it as a close contest all the way through. The fatigue from this game being the second half of a back-to-back seems like it was a factor in the performance as well. The Pelicans will get a day off on Sunday, and then face the mighty Portland Trailblazers in New Orleans on Monday. The Pelicans fell to the Blazers 107 – 110 back on December 21st.
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