Rockets squeak past Pelicans

Rockets squeak past Pelicans
January 15, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Rockets surge tops Pelicans

(Derick E. Hingle - USA Today Sports Images)

It was not pretty, but neither were the Rockets other two wins on this road trip. Houston escapes New Orleans with a 103-100 win, finishing the game on an 11-1 run. Houston forced New Orleans to miss their final five shots and on a night where the Rockets missed 16 free throws, Houston was 7-of-8 at the line down the stretch to earn the victory.

Terrence Jones scored a career high 25 points and also tied his career high with six blocked shots. James Harden came alive in the fourth quarter to score 12 of his game-high 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds remaining.

Houston trailed by as many as 17 points and only held the lead in the game for a total of 1minute and 14 seconds.

The game was over when

Darius Miller missed a good look on a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds remaining and the Rockets holding a 3-point lead, 103-100. Dwight Howard grabbed the rebound, gave it to Jeremy Lin and he just tossed it down the court to run the final seconds off the clock.

Highlight of the night

Harden was matched up on Austin Rivers with the game tied at 100 and less than 35 seconds left. He faced him up, gave him a shimmy & shake which sent Rivers falling down backwards and gave Harden plenty of space to launch a wide open, step-back jumper to give the Rockets the 102-100 lead. A lead they’d hold onto for the final 28 seconds.

Numbers of the night

Terrence Jones tossed in a career high with 25 points and also tied his career high with six blocked shots. He set his career high for rebounds earlier on the road trip in Washington with 17 rebounds.

Next up

Houston hosts Oklahoma City on Thursday night. It will wrap up the Rockets 11th back-to-back of the season. They are 14-7 thus far in back-to-back games and are 8-2 on the second night. Houston was throttled at Oklahoma City earlier this year, 117-86. The Thunder scored the first 13 points of the game and held the Rockets scoreless for the first 6:34 of the game. Houston had a season low eight assists.