HOUSTON (AP), Jahlil Okafor, scored 27 points and the New Orleans Pelicans shortened a great early deficit to overtake the Houston Rockets 121-116 on Tuesday night in their first game from the agent Anthony Davis, said the five times All-Star wanted to be negotiated.
James Harden scored 37 points for Houston to extend his streak of 30 points to 24, but had a hard night of shooting, making 11 of 32 in general and 6 in 18 of 3 points. He had 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Jrue Holiday had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and six blocks of race for New Orleans. Davis figured out his fifth consecutive game with his finger cracked.
New Orleans led by six before using a 8-2 play to get it 114-102 with 3 1/2 minutes left. The party had six points for the pelicans in this period, and Houston lost seven consecutive shots.
The Rockets came out after that, using a 12-4 throw, with 10 points from Harden, to get 118-114 with 22.4 seconds. Kenrich Williams lost two free throws after that, but Harden turned to the ball, and Houston chose Tim Frazier for fouling.
He made one of the two free releases to extend the score to five with 12.1 seconds remaining. Harden made a foul on a 3 point pointer and made two of three to reduce the score to three with 6.3 seconds, but Holiday made two free throws to secure the win.
The pelicans shot a three-game defeat in the middle of the Davis drama. Davis's agent also said the star star will not sign an extension with the team, a move that won Davis a $ 50,000 fine for the league's office to go Declare that it violated a prohibited collective standard prohibiting players or their representatives from making public commerce demands. Davis talked with his teammates while watching the game from the bottom of the bench.
"This will play the way it is played," coach Alvin Gentry said. "I do not speak much about that. I think it's already in the public, and I think everything that was said was".
New Orleans led three to start fourth place and it was ready seven before the fourth before Houston scored the following five points, surpassed by a 3 of Austin Rivers just before the shotgun clock. This made 100-98.
The Pelícanos used 6-0 to stretch the lead before Harden scored 3 points to cut the deficit to 106-101 with about six minutes remaining.
The Rockets led up to 15 before, but the Pelícanos used a 13-5 partial in the third quarter to reach 83-81 with a few minutes in the quarter. Okafor had four points in this stretch and Holiday added a 3 point pointer.
The rivers made a point for Houston, but a 9-2 followed by the pelicans followed to give them the first advantage of the game, 90-88, with about 1 1/2 minutes in the third.
Cheick Diallo's shot collided in the third quarter and left New Orleans 94-91 entering the fourth.
Pelicans: Julius Randle lost the third consecutive game with a right skeleton. … Darius Miller had 14 points. … Frazier added 15 points to the bench.
Rockets: Holiday is the first guardian of NBA history with at least 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six blocks in a game. … Chris Paul had 10 points and nine assists in his second game after losing 17 with a muscle injury. … Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and 11 rebounds. … Eric Gordon scored 17 points and scored four points.
TO THE NEAR
Pelicans: it lodges in Denver on Wednesdays at night.
Rockets: Start a four-day road trip to Denver Friday night.
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