HOUSTON (AP) Jahlil Okafor reached 27 points and shortly the New Orleans Pelicans surpassed a big early deficit to beat Houston Rockets 121-116 on Tuesday night in his first game from Agent Anthony Davis, said five times All-Star wanted to be traded.
James Harden reached 37 points for Houston to extend his 30-point game to 24 points but had a heavy shooting night, leaving 11 out of 32 points overall and 6 out of 18 points out of 3 points. He had 11 strokes, six assists, and four pieces.
Jrue Holiday had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and six career blocks for New Orleans. Davis placed his fifth straight game with his left forefinger.
New Orleans led six before using the 8-2 run to do 114-102 with 3 1/2 minutes. The holiday had six points in this range for the Pelican, and Houston missed seven straight shots.
The Rockets went after using the 12-4 spurt – with 10 points from Harden – to get to 118-114 with 22.4 seconds left. Kenrich Williams missed two free throws, but Harden turned the ball and Houston decided for foul Tim Frazier.
He made one of two free throws to extend the lead to five with the remaining 12.1 seconds. Harden was devalued on the 3-pointer and made two out of three to cut the lead to three with 6.3 seconds left, but Holiday made two free throws to secure the victory.
Pelicans slipped out of three theater slides in the middle of the drama Davis. Davis's agent also said the big man's star would not sign a lead with the team, causing him a $ 50,000 fine, as the league said he had violated a collectively negotiated rule that forbids players or their agents to call for public contracts. Davis, along with his teammates and a friend, watched the game from the end of the bench.
& # 39; It will play as it does, "& # 39; coach Alvin Gentry said. "" I'm not talking much about it. I think it's public now, and I think it was said what to say. "
New Orleans led three to start the fourth and was seven early in the quarter before Houston scored another five points, limited by 3 of Austin Rivers just before the time of shooting. It did 100-98.
The pelicans used 6-0 to prolong the lead before Harden made a 3-pointer to reduce the deficit to 106-101 with the remaining roughly six minutes.
Rockets led 15 before, but the Pelicans used 13-5 in the third quarter to get to 83-81 with about four minutes in the quarter. The Okafor had four points in this section and Holiday added a 3-pointer.
Rivers made a 3-pointer for Houston, but Pelicans 9-2 made their first game lead, 90-88, with about 1/1 minutes in the third.
Cheque Diallo was dressed in the third quarter and New Orleans left 94-91 and entered the fourth.
Pelicans: Julius Randle missed his third straight match with his right-handed ankle. … Darius Miller had 14 points. … Frazier added 15 points from the bench.
Rockets: Holiday is the first NBA shooter with a minimum of 17 points, six jumps, seven assists and six blocks in the game. … Chris Paul had 10 points and nine assists in his second game back after missing 17 with a bump. … Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds. … Eric Gordon scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers.
Pelicans: Visiting Denver on Wednesday night.
Rockets: Start a four-way road trip in Denver on Friday night.
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