Harden's 40 leads Rockets over Pelicans, 117-109

Ross Houston
February 5, 2020

"Before, I wouldn't be sleeping much".

LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 4-6, averaging 116.7 points, 42.7 rebounds, 21.2 assists, eight steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.

Capela has appeared in 39 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 62.9 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Harden has now scored 30+ points for the second-straight game after not reaching the mark in his previous four games.

Sunday's performance was the fourth 20-point game for Williamson.

Eric Gordon added a basket seconds after that and Danuel House hit a triple to reach 115-107 with less than a minute to seal the victory.

In just his sixth regular-season game, he recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds - producing highlight reel play after highlight reel play, combining with Lonzo Ball for a pair of alley-oops.

Harden was more curious about discussing Houston's protection down the stretch than his capturing.

"We did a pretty good and solid job the entire game", he said.

The Rockets lead the season series against the Pelicans two games to one, but fell short the last time these two teams met, 127-112.

However, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was dissatisfied that his group really did not obtain the ball to Williamson for lengthy stretches in the 4th quarter.

"Zion can't go four minutes without touching the basketball and that's on me". "That's something I have to make sure that never happens again".

"Nah, you gotta throw him the damn basketball. And that's not going to happen either".

Williamson wasn't upset about his lack of touches in the fourth quarter.

"I trust my teammates", he said. "It means a lot to me, and I think it means a lot to the league". "The fourth quarter was the time to lock it down and we did that to win the game".

He also finished with three steals and made a couple nice defensive plays when matched up with Harden and Russell Westbrook on the day.

New Orleans ranks ninth in second chance points per game (13.7) while Houston ranks 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (13.7). New Orleans has performed an average of 117.1 points per game, the third-highest in the league. Davis finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the second double-double of his career. James Harden leads the team with 35.6 points plus 7.2 assists a night on the season. Lonzo Ball scored 10 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Missing players Rockets: Clint Capela (Heel) will miss the game. The Pelicans' 7.7 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Rockets, who had a mark of 15.9. Before Lillard, the last to do so was Kevin Durant in 2007-08.

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