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Howard returns, Rockets beat Pelicans 95-93


By BRETT MARTEL
Posted Mar 26 2015 12:33AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Dwight Howard corralled a no-look pass from James Harden along the baseline and went up quickly for a forceful one-handed stuff.

That first-quarter highlight alone would have been a promising sign for a Rockets squad gearing up for the playoffs. Erasing a 17-point deficit on the road against a desperate Pelicans team made for an even more satisfying night.

Harden had 25 points and 10 assists, Howard had seven rebounds and a block on Anthony Davis in his return from a two-month absence, and Houston handed New Orleans its fourth straight loss with a 95-93 victory on Wednesday.

"We came back from a big deficit and the one thing I kept telling the fellas was, we've got to stop playing around with the game," Howard said. "We're on a big mission to win a championship, and we've got to wake up and play."

Howard, who had missed 26 games with a right knee injury since last stepping on the court on Jan. 23, was held under 17 minutes by coach Kevin McHale. He finished with only four points, but said scoring is not among his immediate priorities on a team with plenty of offensive options.

"I felt pretty good. It seemed like as soon as I got out there it was time to sit back down, so it was kind of an adjustment," Howard said. "I'm just happy to be back out there playing. The main thing for me is just really helping the team on the defensive end. The other stuff will come."

Davis had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, but uncharacteristically missed eight free throws, including one that could have pulled New Orleans to 94-93 with 7 seconds left.

The Pelicans still had a chance to try for a tying 3-pointer after Harden missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, but Corey Brewer intentionally fouled Eric Gordon on the inbounds pass to force free throws. Gordon made the first and intentionally missed the second, hoping for a tying putback that never materialized.

As the last spectators trickled out, Davis walked back on the court from the locker room, still in uniform, and worked on his free throws until he made 100.

"I don't feel comfortable missing eight free throws, especially when we lost by two," Davis said. "I don't like missing free throws, especially like that. Especially throughout the game, when we needed them, and I missed them. So I wanted to go out there and try to figure it out."

Trevor Ariza had 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Donatas Motiejunas scored 21 for Houston, which trimmed a 17-point second-quarter deficit to three by halftime before surging into the lead for good in the third quarter.

Tyreke Evans scored 28 points for New Orleans in his return from a sprained ankle that sidelined him for one game. Quincy Pondexter added 10 points, but New Orleans missed 12 free throws in a loss that kept them 3 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Harden, Ariza and Motiejunas combined to score 57 of Houston's final 68 points.

Ariza scored 11 in the third quarter, starting with a 3 as Houston opened the period with a 9-0 run to take a 58-52 lead. Ariza later added consecutive 3s and a dunk. Harden, meanwhile, scored 10 in the period, highlighted by a sudden, driving left-handed dunk between the 6-foot-10 Davis and 7-footer Omer Asik.

"It took us a while to finally get our footing and start attacking them," McHale said. "We got more aggressive on the defensive end, which pumped up our offense a little bit and we were able to get going."

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston beat New Orleans for the first time this season after losing the previous two meetings. ... Josh Smith played with a sprained right ankle, while Brewer played with a left oblique strain. ... Houston made only 6 of 22 3-point attempts, but made up for it with 62 points in the paint.

Pelicans: Davis briefly left the game, holding his right shoulder, after a collision with Brewer in the fourth quarter, but returned minutes later. ... Gordon missed his all five of his field goals and had only a single point until he added a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host Minnesota on Friday.

Pelicans: Host Sacramento on Friday.


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HOU
NOP
     
    • 49.4%

    • 45.3%

    • 27.3%

    • 33.3%

    • 75.0%

    • 62.5%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
HOU NOP
Total Rebounds 43 37
Offensive Rebounds 12 12
Turnovers 18 13
Fast Break Pts: 20 10
Biggest Lead: 11 17
Points in the Paint: 62 40
HOU NOP
p Harden   25 Evans   28
rb Ariza   9 Davis   14
a Harden   10 Evans   7
s Ariza   3 Davis   3
b 4 players   1 2 players   3
 
  • 12/18 - NOP 99 @ HOU 90
  • 01/02 - HOU 83 @ NOP 111
  • 03/25 - HOU 95 @ NOP 93
  • 04/12 - NOP 114 @ HOU 121
Houston Rockets (48-23)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 39:44 9-13 3-4 1-1 +8 3 6 9 5 3 3 2 0 0 22
D. Motiejunas F 36:59 10-16 1-3 0-0 +4 3 5 8 1 2 2 3 1 1 21
D. Howard C 16:27 2-3 0-0 0-0 +2 0 7 7 2 4 0 1 1 1 4
J. Harden G 37:25 9-20 1-4 6-9 -2 0 6 6 10 3 1 2 1 2 25
J. Terry G 27:15 0-3 0-2 2-2 +11 1 1 2 3 1 0 4 0 1 2
J. Dorsey   10:44 4-5 0-0 0-0 -8 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 1 8
P. Prigioni   20:21 1-4 0-2 0-0 -7 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 2
C. Brewer   26:37 1-7 0-3 0-0 +6 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 2 2
J. Smith   24:28 4-10 1-4 0-0 -4 3 1 4 1 3 0 2 1 1 9
N. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
T. Jones DND - Pneumothorax
K. McDaniels DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 40-81 6-22 9-12   12 31 43 29 22 7 18 4 9 95
  49.4% 27.3% 75.0%   team rebs: 7 total to: 18
New Orleans Pelicans (37-34)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Q. Pondexter F 30:20 4-10 1-3 1-2 -7 4 2 6 1 2 1 0 1 0 10
A. Davis F 44:17 9-18 0-0 6-14 -2 2 12 14 1 1 3 0 3 1 24
O. Asik C 25:56 3-5 0-0 0-0 -1 2 4 6 2 1 1 4 0 0 6
E. Gordon G 41:52 0-5 0-3 6-8 +2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 6
T. Evans G 38:04 10-16 4-6 4-4 +1 0 2 2 7 5 2 6 1 2 28
A. Ajinca   15:12 3-5 0-0 2-2 +7 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 3 0 8
D. Cunningham   25:51 3-7 0-1 1-2 +1 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 7
N. Cole   18:28 2-9 0-2 0-0 -11 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 4
R. Anderson DND - Right MCL Sprain
L. Babbitt DNP - Coach's Decision
T. Douglas DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Fredette DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Withey DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 34-75 5-15 20-32   12 25 37 20 16 8 13 9 4 93
  45.3% 33.3% 62.5%   team rebs: 10 total to: 13

inactive

  • Rockets: Beverley, Capela, Papanikolaou
  • Pelicans: Holiday

technical fouls

  • Rockets: --
  • Pelicans: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #33 Sean Corbin, #44 Eli Roe
  • Attendance: 17077
  • Duration: 2:20
Houston Rockets (51-24) New Orleans Pelicans (39-35)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Davis vs Howard (Terry gains possession)
Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  11:46  
Harden Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  11:35  
  11:35 Gordon Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  11:35 Team Rebound 
  11:35
[NOP 1-0]
Gordon Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Howard Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST)  11:18
[HOU 2-1]
 
  10:55 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:55  
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Asik (1 ST)  10:37  
  10:31
[NOP 3-2]
Pondexter Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Missed  10:22  
  10:21 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:06 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:05  
Howard Jump Shot: Missed Block: Evans (1 BLK)  09:53  
Team Rebound  09:53  
  09:45 Evans Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Terry Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Pondexter (1 ST)  09:36  
  09:32
[NOP 5-2]
Davis Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (1 AST) 
Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Davis (1 ST)  09:26  
  09:15
[NOP 8-2]
Evans 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:04
[HOU 4-8]
 
  08:51
[NOP 10-4]
Evans Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
  08:33 Davis Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Motiejunas Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST)  08:21
[HOU 6-10]
 
  08:06 Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Howard (1 BLK) 
  08:02 Asik Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:02
[NOP 12-6]
Asik Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Howard (1 AST)  07:51
[HOU 8-12]
 
  07:34
[NOP 14-8]
Davis Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Evans (1 AST) 
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Missed  07:22  
  07:22 Team Rebound 
Howard Substitution replaced by Dorsey  07:22  
  07:10 Gordon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:09  
Harden Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:00
[HOU 10-14]
 
Terry Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:40  
  06:40
[NOP 15-10]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  06:40 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:40  
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed  06:20  
  06:19 Asik Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:06
[NOP 17-10]
Evans Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  05:51 Gordon Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  05:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni  05:51  
Dorsey Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST)  05:39
[HOU 12-17]
 
  05:25 Evans Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST) 
Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed  05:13  
Team Rebound  05:11  
  05:11 Asik Substitution replaced by Ajinca 
  05:11 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Cunningham 
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed  05:04  
Prigioni Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:02  
Harden Jump Shot: Missed Block: Ajinca (1 BLK)  04:51  
  04:49 Evans Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:42
[NOP 19-12]
Ajinca Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Evans (2 AST) 
Dorsey Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  04:29  
Dorsey Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  04:29  
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer  04:29  
  04:16
[NOP 21-12]
Evans Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Brewer Layup Shot: Missed Block: Cunningham (1 BLK)  04:07  
  04:05 Ajinca Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:56
[NOP 24-12]
Evans 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:55  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith  03:55  
Dorsey Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (1 AST)  03:36
[HOU 14-24]
 
  03:25
[NOP 26-14]
Davis Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Gordon (1 AST) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  03:14  
  03:13 Evans Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:10 Evans Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST) 
Smith Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (2 AST)  02:51
[HOU 16-26]
 
  02:31
[NOP 28-16]
Davis Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Evans (3 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed Block: Davis (1 BLK)  02:16  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:14  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  02:11  
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  02:10  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:47  
  01:46 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:33
[NOP 30-16]
Cunningham Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ajinca (1 AST) 
Prigioni Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Evans (1 ST)  01:19  
  01:15
[NOP 32-16]
Cunningham Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Evans (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  01:14  
  01:14 Gordon Substitution replaced by Cole 
Brewer Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ajinca (2 BLK)  01:02  
Team Rebound  01:01  
Dorsey Hook Shot: Missed Block: Ajinca (3 BLK)  00:56.9  
Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:53.9  
Dorsey Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:53.2
[HOU 18-32]
 
  00:30.9 Cole Jump Shot: Missed 
Prigioni Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:28.9  
  00:23.8 Ajinca Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  00:23.8
[HOU 19-32]
 
Prigioni Substitution replaced by Ariza  00:23.8  
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:23.8  
  00:22.9 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:00.6
[NOP 34-19]
Evans Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
End of 1st Quarter
Houston Rockets (51-24) New Orleans Pelicans (39-35)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Howard Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  11:40  
  11:40
[NOP 35-19]
Ajinca Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  11:40
[NOP 36-19]
Ajinca Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST)  11:23
[HOU 21-36]
 
Howard Foul: Personal (2 PF)  11:04  
  10:56 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:54  
Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  10:46  
  10:33
[NOP 38-21]
Davis Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Cole (1 AST) 
Brewer Jump Shot: Missed  10:17  
  10:15 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  10:04  
  10:04 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:04 Team Rebound 
  10:04 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:03  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:50  
  09:48 Pondexter Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:44 Cunningham Layup Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:41  
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Howard (2 AST)  09:36
[HOU 23-38]
 
  09:16
[NOP 40-23]
Cole Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ajinca (2 AST) 
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (3 AST)  08:59
[HOU 25-40]
 
  08:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
Prigioni Substitution replaced by Terry  08:48  
  08:48 Davis Substitution replaced by Asik 
  08:48 Ajinca Substitution replaced by Gordon 
  08:41 Cole Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:40  
  08:40 Asik Violation:Kicked Ball 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  08:28  
Brewer Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:16  
Howard Substitution replaced by Motiejunas  08:16  
  08:12 Asik Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:12 Asik Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST)  08:00
[HOU 27-40]
 
  07:37
[NOP 42-27]
Asik Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Cunningham (1 AST) 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST)  07:19
[HOU 29-42]
 
Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  06:59  
  06:59
[NOP 43-29]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Smith Substitution replaced by Harden  06:59  
  06:59 Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:57  
  06:50 Cole Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Terry Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  06:50
[HOU 30-43]
 
  06:50 Asik Substitution replaced by Davis 
Terry Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  06:50
[HOU 31-43]
 
Ariza Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:37  
  06:37
[NOP 44-31]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  06:37 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:36  
Ariza Layup Shot: Missed  06:23  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:21  
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Missed  06:21  
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:21  
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:21
[HOU 33-44]
 
  06:21 Cunningham Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  06:21
[HOU 34-44]
 
  05:57 Cole Jump Shot: Missed 
Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:56  
Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed  05:48  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  05:46  
Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Davis (2 ST)  05:40  
  05:40 Team Timeout : Short 
  05:40  
  05:40 Cole Substitution replaced by Evans 
  05:23 Cunningham Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:21  
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST)  05:19
[HOU 36-44]
 
  04:58 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:55 Team Rebound 
  04:51 Cunningham 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:48 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:40 Gordon Jump Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:38  
  04:38 Cunningham Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST)  04:27
[HOU 38-44]
 
  04:09 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:07  
Brewer Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  04:03  
  04:03 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Cole 
  03:47 Cole 3pt Shot: Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  03:45  
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  03:38  
  03:37 Team Rebound 
Brewer Foul: Defense 3 Second (1 PF)  03:21  
  03:21
[NOP 45-38]
Davis Free Throw Technical (13 PTS) 
  03:18 Evans Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Brewer (1 ST) 
Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Evans (2 ST)  03:14  
  03:00 Gordon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:58  
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST)  02:54
[HOU 40-45]
 
  02:36 Cole Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:34 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  02:28
[NOP 48-40]
Evans 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Gordon (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:15  
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST)  02:08
[HOU 42-48]
 
  01:45 Gordon Jump Shot: Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:44  
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Terry (2 AST)  01:37
[HOU 45-48]
 
  01:12
[NOP 50-45]
Cole Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Cunningham (2 AST) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:54.3
[HOU 47-50]
 
  00:30.9 Cole 3pt Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:29.5  
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  00:24.6
[HOU 49-50]
 
  00:00.2
[NOP 52-49]
Cunningham Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Evans (5 AST) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Houston Rockets (51-24) New Orleans Pelicans (39-35)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:38 Evans 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:37  
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST)  11:25
[HOU 51-52]
 
  11:05 Evans Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (1 ST) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Missed  10:53  
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  10:49  
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  10:42  
Terry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:40  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Terry (3 AST)  10:35
[HOU 54-52]
 
  10:34 Team Timeout : Short 
  10:18 Asik Layup Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  10:17  
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  10:08  
  10:07 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  09:59 Gordon 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Harden (1 BLK) 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  09:58  
  09:52 Pondexter Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  09:52
[HOU 55-52]
 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  09:52
[HOU 56-52]
 
Harden Foul: Personal (2 PF)  09:35  
  09:25 Asik Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST)  09:09
[HOU 58-52]
 
  08:48 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  08:47  
Terry Jump Shot: Missed Block: Davis (2 BLK)  08:37  
  08:35 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  08:20 Asik Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (3 TO) 
Terry Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (4 TO)  08:20  
Howard Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  08:03  
  08:03
[NOP 53-58]
Evans Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS) 
Howard Substitution replaced by Smith  08:03  
  08:03
[NOP 54-58]
Evans Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS) 
Harden Dunk Shot: Made (16 PTS)  07:51
[HOU 60-54]
 
  07:31 Evans Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:30 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:29
[NOP 56-60]
Pondexter Putback Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  07:07
[HOU 62-56]
 
  06:44
[NOP 58-62]
Pondexter Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  06:32 Evans Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:30  
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  06:15  
Ariza Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  06:14  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST)  06:00
[HOU 65-58]
 
  05:42
[NOP 60-65]
Davis Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Evans (6 AST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST)  05:21
[HOU 68-60]
 
  05:04 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:01 Pondexter Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  05:01 Jump Ball Pondexter vs Terry (Davis gains possession) 
  04:46
[NOP 63-68]
Evans 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Davis (1 AST) 
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (20 PTS)  04:34
[HOU 70-63]
 
  04:18 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Cunningham 
  04:18 Evans Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST) 
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  04:02  
  04:01 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  03:55 Evans Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK) 
Terry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:52  
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  03:49  
Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni  03:49  
  03:35 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  03:34  
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Missed Block: Davis (3 BLK)  03:25  
Smith Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  03:23  
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  03:22  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Dorsey  03:22  
  03:06 Cunningham Jump Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  03:03  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  02:51  
  02:50 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
Ariza Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:43  
  02:43 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:43 Asik Substitution replaced by Cole 
  02:43 Gordon Substitution replaced by Ajinca 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer  02:43  
  02:43 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:43 Team Rebound 
  02:43
[NOP 64-70]
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Dorsey Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (9 AST)  02:22
[HOU 72-64]
 
  02:08
[NOP 66-72]
Davis Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Evans (7 AST) 
Smith Foul: Shooting Block (3 PF) (1 FTA)  02:08  
  02:08
[NOP 67-72]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 1 (19 PTS) 
Brewer Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (10 AST)  01:59
[HOU 74-67]
 
  01:36 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:35  
Harden Layup Shot: Missed  01:26  
  01:25 Ajinca Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:20 Evans Foul: Offensive Charge (3 PF) 
  01:20 Evans Turnover : Foul (6 TO) 
  01:01 Evans Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (3 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 3 (19 PTS)  01:01
[HOU 75-67]
 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 3 (20 PTS)  01:01
[HOU 76-67]
 
  01:01 Cunningham Substitution replaced by Gordon 
Harden Free Throw 3 of 3 Missed  01:01  
  00:57.9 Ajinca Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:41.9 Davis Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:39.9 Ajinca Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:39.9 Ajinca Tip Shot: Missed 
Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:36.9  
  00:36.3 Evans Substitution replaced by Cunningham 
Harden Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Dorsey (1 AST)  00:34.2
[HOU 78-67]
 
Dorsey Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:20.0  
  00:20.0
[NOP 68-78]
Cunningham Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Smith Substitution replaced by Ariza  00:20.0  
  00:20.0 Cunningham Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  00:18.8 Cunningham Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Dorsey Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:04.9  
  00:04.9
[NOP 69-78]
Gordon Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS) 
  00:04.9
[NOP 70-78]
Gordon Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Harden Floating Jump shot: Missed  00:00.0  
  00:00.0 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed  11:34  
  11:33 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
  11:12 Ajinca Hook Shot: Missed 
  11:11 Ajinca Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  11:11
[NOP 72-78]
Ajinca Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Prigioni Layup Shot: Missed  10:56  
  10:55 Cole Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:53
[NOP 74-78]
Davis Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Cole (2 AST) 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Made (16 PTS)  10:24
[HOU 80-74]
 
  10:08
[NOP 76-80]
Ajinca Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Gordon (3 AST) 
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (4 AST)  09:53
[HOU 83-76]
 
Ariza Foul: Personal (3 PF)  09:25  
  09:25 Cole Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  09:25 Cole Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Cunningham (1 ST)  09:01  
Prigioni Foul: Personal (1 PF)  09:00  
  09:00 Cunningham Substitution replaced by Evans 
  08:51 Cole Jump Shot: Missed 
Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:50  
Howard Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO)  08:29  
  08:29  
  08:11 Cole Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (3 ST) 
Prigioni Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST)  08:06
[HOU 85-76]
 
Howard Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  07:54  
  07:54 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:54 Team Rebound 
Howard Substitution replaced by Smith  07:54  
  07:54 Ajinca Substitution replaced by Asik 
  07:54 Cole Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
  07:54 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  07:52  
  07:43 Gordon Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST)  07:34
[HOU 87-76]
 
  07:14
[NOP 78-87]
Davis Pullup Jump shot: Made (23 PTS) 
Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed  06:59  
  06:56 Asik Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:47 Gordon Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (2 ST) 
Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Davis (3 ST)  06:43  
  06:36 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:33 Pondexter Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  06:33 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  06:30  
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  06:26
[HOU 89-78]
 
  06:26 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:26 Davis Substitution replaced by Cunningham 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Harden  06:26  
Harden Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  06:08  
  06:08
[NOP 79-89]
Evans Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  06:08
[NOP 80-89]
Evans Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS) 
Harden Jump Shot: Made (24 PTS)  05:46
[HOU 91-80]
 
  05:41 Asik Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) 
Motiejunas Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO)  05:28  
  05:14
[NOP 83-91]
Pondexter 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Asik (1 AST) 
Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed  04:49  
  04:48 Cunningham Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Smith Violation:Kicked Ball  04:41  
  04:41 Cunningham Substitution replaced by Davis 
Brewer Substitution replaced by Ariza  04:41  
  04:28
[NOP 85-91]
Evans Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Harden Jump Shot: Missed Block: Pondexter (1 BLK)  04:07  
Team Rebound  04:07  
Prigioni Substitution replaced by Terry  04:07  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  04:00  
  03:58 Asik Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:46 Evans Jump Shot: Missed Block: Motiejunas (1 BLK) 
  03:46 Team Rebound 
  03:36 Evans 3pt Shot: Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:35  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Ariza (5 AST)  03:13
[HOU 94-85]
 
  03:11 Team Timeout : Regular 
Motiejunas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:53  
  02:53
[NOP 86-94]
Gordon Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  02:53
[NOP 87-94]
Gordon Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  02:28  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  02:26  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:05 Pondexter Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  01:53 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:51 Pondexter Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  01:51 Pondexter Tip Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:50  
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  01:32  
  01:31 Asik Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  01:19 Asik Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:16 Asik Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  01:16
[NOP 89-94]
Asik Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:08  
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:53.8 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:11) 
  00:37.5
[NOP 91-94]
Evans Driving Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Asik (2 AST) 
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  00:11.8  
  00:08.8 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:12) 
Motiejunas Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:07.8  
  00:07.8 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:07.8 Team Rebound 
Terry Substitution replaced by Brewer  00:07.8  
  00:07.8
[NOP 92-94]
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:07.8  
Smith Substitution replaced by Terry  00:07.8  
  00:04.4 Evans Foul: Personal Take (5 PF) 
  00:03.3 Pondexter Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:03.3  
Team Rebound  00:03.3  
Brewer Substitution replaced by Smith  00:03.3  
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (25 PTS)  00:03.3
[HOU 95-92]
 
  00:03.3 Team Timeout : Regular 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer  00:03.3  
  00:03.3 Asik Substitution replaced by Cole 
Brewer Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:01.7  
  00:01.7
[NOP 93-95]
Gordon Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  00:01.7 Cole Substitution replaced by Asik 
Brewer Substitution replaced by Howard  00:01.7  
  00:01.7 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Cunningham 
  00:01.7 Gordon Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  00:00.3 Cunningham Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  00:00.0 Evans Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
HOU
1st Southwest
56
26
7-3
30-11
26-15
NOP
5th Southwest
45
37
7-3
28-13
17-24
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
HOU
2 players 28.4
Howard 14.4
Harden 8.1
Howard 3.0
Harden 2.4
NOP
2 players 31.5
2 players 11.0
2 players 5.0
2 players 3.0
2 players 1.8