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[NEW ORLEANS] — The New Orleans Pelicans played host to the Houston Rockets last night and they probably kinda, sorta wish that they hadn't. Not only did the Pellies sputter out of the gates against their opponent, they never bounced back ultimately succumbing to the 99-129 blowout. The loss bumps New Orleans's record down to 23-35 on the season, while the victory gives Houston a 41-18 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Pelicans would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins's borderline-historic night of 27 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals in 35 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Cousins himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, New Orleans will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Also contributing for the slain Pellies was Anthony Davis. Davis's 29 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assists did the team well, but not so well as to change the outcome. Perhaps they'll get more support from the rest of their unit in games to come.

From a personal standpoint, Lou Williams made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 7 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Pelicans can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though New Orleans wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Pelicans Stats

Roster P R A B S M
D. Cousins271454535
A. Davis29912233
E. Moore6330123
T. Frazier2450023
J. Holiday6442135
D. Cunningham5410125
S. Hill3350027
O. Casspi12200024
D. Motiejunas6200010
H. Thompson300005

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden134140330
P. Beverley21250430
L. Williams27220025
C. Capela15803019
T. Ariza9721127
E. Gordon19110230
R. Anderson17400024
N. Hilario9301219
M. Harrell10320014
S. Dekker8410020
B. Brown001003
DetailsNew OrleansHouston
Game No.5859
Score99129
Average103.0115.0
Record23-3541-18
 
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DeMarcus
Cousins

80.5 FP
2.3 FPPM
Anthony
Davis

50.0 FP
1.52 FPPM
James
Harden

48.5 FP
1.62 FPPM

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