Relax, that was only the first game of the season for the Houston Rockets…..I hope.
From the start of the opening tip, it was clear the Rockets were in for a long night. The Pelicans jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it as they murdered the Rockets from the inside. While taking a 71-54 lead into the break, Houston was outscored 42-20 in points in the paints and 6-2 on mid-range jumpers made.
The Rockets could only watch in despaired as the Pelicans’ lead grew to 24 points midway through the third quarter.
Eric Gordon led the way for the Rockets 21 points while P.J. Tucker and Chris Paul both added in 19 points on their own. Reigning league MVP James Harden came a rebound shy of his first triple-double of the season with 18 points, 10 assists, and nine broads.
Carmelo Anthony‘s streak for most game starts in league history, came to an end in his debut with the Rockets. Despite making his first two baskets, Anthony shot 3-10 from the field for nine points in 27 minutes.
While leading the Pelicans in the win, Anthony Davis had a monstrous night of 32 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks. Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points on 11-20 shooing from the field, 6-8 from behind the arc.
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