Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/5

Game 1: Saturday, October 5th
Pelicans116Final
Rockets115

Pelicans 116

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Rockets 115

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    Coverage: CSN Houston

    8:00 PM ET, October 5, 2013

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 22 31 29 34116
    HOU 33 24 34 24115

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: A. Morrow 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Houston: D. Howard 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Dwight Howard goes for 19 points, nine rebounds in Rockets debut 

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- Anthony Morrow scored 26 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Houston 116-115 on Saturday night in Dwight Howard's exhibition debut for the Rockets.

    Howard had 19 points and nine rebounds in his first game since signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets in the offseason.

    Dwight Howard

    AP Photo/Richard Carson

    Dwight Howard scores two of his 19 points on this dunk in his Rockets debut Saturday night.

    Howard was 6 of 11 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line in 27 minutes. He also had a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing a defensive 3-second violation.

    Morrow was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 8 of 15 overall from the field in 33 minutes. Anthony Davis added 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 27 minutes, and Austin Rivers also had 21 points in 32 minutes.

    James Harden scored 21 points for the Rockets in 28 minutes. Omri Casspi added 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

    Terrence Jones had 13, and Patrick Beverley 12. Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons each had 11 points.

    New Orleans lost guard Tyreke Evans in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. Evans had X-rays on his left ankle, which came back negative, and he did not return.

    Evans hit an off-balance jumper in the lane and appeared to land on a defender's foot, rolling his ankle.

    Evans, who came to the Pelicans from Sacramento in the offseason as part of a three-team trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland and Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 10 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    HOU
    Points 116 115
    FGM-FGA 42-86 (.488) 39-68 (.574)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 28-40 (.700) 29-38 (.763)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-33 5-35
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 15 22
    Steals 12 9
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 11 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (1/0) 27 (5/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Houston
    Anthony Morrow Morrow
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1