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NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Houston



(Saturday, April 12th)

Final Score: Houston 111, New Orleans 104

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 33 points with 13 assists and the Houston Rockets erased a 13-point halftime deficit, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-104, on Saturday.

Houston, which snapped a two-game losing streak, moved a game ahead of Portland for fourth place in the Western Conference with two games remaining for each team.

Patrick Beverley scored 20 points in his return from an eight-game absence due to a knee injury and Jeremy Lin added 18 points off the bench in the win.

Dwight Howard also returned from an eight-game absence for the Rockets with an ankle injury and recorded 13 points with six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

"We had that 'pull a rabbit out your hat' tonight," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale, whose club ended the game on a 15-0 run. "We have got to get another win before our season ends to guarantee home-court in the first round. That's what we want."

The Pelicans were playing without Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Brian Roberts.

Luke Babbitt posted a career-high 24 points, while Austin Rivers and Anthony Morrow added 20 points apiece in the setback, New Orleans' eighth straight defeat.

"Down the stretch they made play after play," said Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "It was a tough, tough physical game."

Terrence Jones hit two free throws after a Lin trey to cut Houston's deficit to five with under four minutes to go in the third. Jeff Withey answered with a running hook shot and James Southerland followed with a 3 to push the lead back to 10, 78-68.

Both teams traded baskets in the final two minutes, with New Orleans holding a 10-point advantage heading to the fourth.

Houston trailed by seven with two minutes left in the fourth when Beverley hit a pair of 3s to get the hosts within a point.

Harden found Beverley in the corner for the first make, then tossed it to the near corner again for Beverley, whose second 3 bounced off the side of the rim straight up into the air and in to cut the deficit to one, 104-103, with 1:36 remaining.

Harden followed an empty possession from the Pelicans with a driving layup that pushed the Rockets in front by one with just over a minute to play. Lin then slashed through the lane on the next Rockets touch to extend the margin to three with 33 seconds left.

Following a New Orleans timeout, Lin swiped the ball away from Alexis Ajinca and immediately passed it to Harden, who sank a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Earlier, The teams were tied at 39-apiece after Omer Asik split a pair from the line with just over five minutes left in the second. Babbitt then hit three 3-pointers as part of a 20-7 quarter-ending burst that staked the Pelicans to a 59-46 lead at halftime.

Game Notes

Chandler Parsons missed the game for Houston with injuries to his wrist and hip ... Houston made 31-of-39 attempts from the free throw line, while New Orleans made 17 of its 21 attempts ... There were 10 lead changes and nine ties ... The Pelicans' largest lead was 15.

04/12 23:17:59 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
4th
DEN 106
MIL 93
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
 
2nd
UGA 64
KENT 70
 
2nd OT
NW 74
MICH 71
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
2nd
KU 57
WVU 58
 
2nd
CREI 65
VILL 66
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
Final
DAL 3
NYI 2
 
3rd
ARI 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 2
SJS 3