Trade candidate Jonas Valanciunas delivered a dominant performance with 25 points, while Brandon Ingram added 24, leading the New Orleans Pelicans (27-21) to a crucial 110-99 win over the Houston Rockets (22-25) on Wednesday night.

Jalen Green scored 31 points for the Rockets. In addition to Green’s effort, Cam Whitmore added 17 points, and Fred VanVleet contributed 16 for the Rockets.

CJ McCollum stepped up with 19 points for the Pelicans on a night when Zion Williamson was sidelined for the second time in four games due to a bone bruise in his left foot.