The New Orleans Pelicans (23-28) beat the Houston Rockets (29-21) on the road 121-116 (28-35, 31-31, 35-25, 27-25) and put an end to a three-game losing streak, meanwhile, the Rockets halted their three-game winning stretch.
Jahlil Okafor led the Pelicans with 27 points (on 11/15 shooting). In addition, he grabbed 12 boards, blocked two shots and dished out two assists.
Jrue Holiday added 19 points (on 6/18 shooting), six rebounds, eight assists and six blocks. Holiday became the only guard in NBA history with at least 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six blocks per game. Ian Clark and Darius Miller posted 15 and 14 points, respectively. Six Pelicans finished in double digits.
New Orleans made 9 on 31 three-point attempts.
Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, E’Twaun Moore and Elfrid Payton missed the game.
On the other hand, James Harden was the top scorer for the Rockets with 37 points (on 11/32 shooting, including 6/18 from three).
In addition, he grabbed 11 boards and handed out six assists. Harden scored 30-plus points in 24 consecutive games. Kenneth Faried added 19 points (on 8/17 shooting), two blocks and 11 rebounds, Eric Gordon contributed 17 points, Chris Paul managed 10 points and nine assists.
Houston made 19 on 56 three-point attempts.