Dwight Howard moved past his two-point performance on Thursday night very quickly, posting another monster stat line in leading the Rockets past the Pelicans, 107-98. He finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Jeremy Lin recovered from a rough first three quarters, to finish with another strong fourth quarter. He did not score in the first three quarters, going 0-of-6 from the floor, then scored 10 points in the final 12 minutes to make sure the Rockets got their third win in a row.
The game was over when
Jeremy Lin jumped on a loose ball with the Rockets up four points and before the Pelicans could converge on him he quickly a called timeout. Out of the timeout, James Harden converted a driving layup to put Houston up 101-95 with just over two minutes remaining.
Highlight of the night
With the Rockets down four points with under five minutes remaining, Terrence Jones grabbed the rebound off an Anthony Davis miss, he had to fight off a couple Pelicans and then took it coast-to-coast for a layup. He drew contact and a foul from Ryan Anderson and finished the three-point play. It was part of a 9-2 Rockets run that gave the Rockets a lead they never relinquished.
Numbers of the night
On Christmas night, he Rockets made 12-of-24 3-pointers, the third time this season, they’ve made 50 percent or better on 3-point shots. Against Memphis, they were just 5-of-24 and tonight against New Orleans, they made just 6-of-26.
The ninth back-to-back of the season gets completed on Sunday in Oklahoma City for the Rockets first of four games against the Thunder. Houston won once in three tries versus Oklahoma City last year and then they met in the first round of the playoffs last season also. The Thunder won that series four games to two after taking a three games to none lead. Houston has lost five of their last six games in Oklahoma City. The Thunder will be playing without guard Russell Westbrook, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee earlier this week and expected to be out until the all-star break.