Eric Gordon and Christian Wood both scored 23 points, and the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-108 on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory.
Brandon Ingram scored a high 40 points for the Pelicans – the most since losing 40 points to Brooklyn on November 4, 2019. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but New Orleans lost his third game in the last five.
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Houston’s Daniel Theis scored 12 points on 4 of 6 shots from the field, and Alperen Sengun finished with 10 points.
New Orleans reduced Houston’s eight-point lead to five with 10:48 left in the third quarter, but Gordon single-handedly reduced it to double digits by scoring the Rockets’ next 13 points over a span of 3:46 to inflate lead it to 72-61.
In the fourth quarter, KJ Martin electrified the crowd with a massive dunk, which took the Rockets’ lead to 98-87.
Garrison Matthews, who hadn’t scored since the second quarter, buried a corner 3 with 18.1 seconds left to take the Rockets’ lead to 118-108.
Pelicans: G Josh Hart (left knee pain) missed his third game in a row, despite having taken part in a few pre-game shots… Willy Hernangomez scored 10 points and took 14 rebounds off the bench for his second double -double consecutive.
Rockets: G Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh contusion) is considered everyday at this point, coach Stephen Silas said. … Rookie Jalen Green missed his fifth straight game with left hamstring strain.
Pelicans: Begin a two-game homestand Wednesday, hosting Denver.
Rockets: Continue your four-game homestand by hosting Brooklyn on Wednesday.