The New Orleans Pelicans may be winless on the young season (0-3), but they are leaving a great impression on the court. Saturday night, the Pelicans fell short of their first win of the 2019-20 season in a 126-123 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Following the game, the Rockets left with high admiration for the Pelicans, including New Orleans’ former lottery pick in 2012, Austin Rivers.
“I’ll be honest with you, the way they moved the ball tonight was really impressive,” he said. “That team is going to be in contingent for the playoffs, I promise you that. Especially when they get Zion [Williamson] back.”
In the loss, Josh Hart scored 25 points on 8-17 shooting from the floor, 5-12 on 3-point attempts, as Lonzo Ball recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists. Brandon Ingram proved to be too much for the Rockets to handle, as the 6’9 forward from Duke came one point shy of his career-high with 35 points (14-22 FG, 4-7 3PT) and 15 boards on the night.
“He [Ingram] has improved his 3-point shooting a lot, which makes him a lot more dangerous,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Before, you could play off him a little bit, but he is a scorer and does a great job.”
Following a quick road trip to Houston, the Pelicans will look for their first win of the season on Monday, as they take on the winless Golden State Warriors inside in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Tip-off is slated for 7 P.M. CT.