Saturday, October 26, 2019
Six years after their tenure in Oklahoma, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have reunited in Houston after Westbrook was traded to the Rockets. Their first game together, which took place on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, wasn’t a success as they fell, 117 to 111. They will hope to grab a victory tonight as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Toyota Center.
The Pelicans, on the other hand, are trying to grab their first win of the season as they lost their first two games to the Toronto Raptors in the season opener, 130-122 in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks, 123-116.
The Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 63 times as the Rockets pulled out 36 wins while the Pelicans were kept to 26 victories.
New Orleans Pelicans:
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Zylan Cheatham (coach’s decision)
-Jaxson Hayes (coach’s decision)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jrue Holiday (knee; 10.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (ankle)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision)
-Chris Clemons (coach’s decision)
The game would be very competitive as the Pelicans shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Rockets shot forty-six percent. Brandon Ingram chalked up 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process. He also collected six rebounds and two assists while Lonzo Ball helped out with 13 points on fifty-seven percent shooting. He also had 3 three-pointers, along with two rebounds, six assists, and one steal.
Josh Hart had seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period while former Milwaukee Bucks’ guard J.J. Redick had two three-pointers in the second quarter. Derrick Favors was kept to just two points but had three rebounds. Kenrich Williams played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.
On the other end of the court, James Harden dropped 13 points on a poor twenty-eight percent shooting. He had a three-pointer, along with one defensive rebound, four assists, and one steal while Clint Capela gave 11 points. The 2016-2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook recorded 10 points to go along with five rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon played 16 minutes off of the bench but only had four points as both teams went into halftime tied at 61 apiece.
The game would remain competitive in the second half as the Rockets shot forty-four percent from the field while the visiting team shot forty-three percent. Westbrook scored 18 of the Houston Rockets’ 65 second-half points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. Harden contributed with 16 points and three rebounds while Gordon dropped nine points off of the bench.
As for the Lousiana ball club, Ingram and Hart combined for 33 of the Pelicans’ 62 second-half points while Ball was kept to just five points. Williams was kept to just two points off of the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Rockets escaped with a 126-123 victory, thanks to Westbrook’s two free-throws near the end of regulation. James Harden finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Brandon Ingram settled for 35 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, as well as 5 assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. The Houston Rockets will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (27.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 45.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.