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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the New Orleans Pelicans last night and the Rockets did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 117-107 victory. The win bumps Houston's record up to 50-22 on the season, while the loss drags New Orleans's down to 30-42. Though a win's a win and Rockets fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was James Harden. Harden's borderline-historic night of 38 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists, 1 blocks and 2 steals in 38 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Ask anybody, however - Harden included - and the most important part is that the Rockets walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.

Though not quite able to steal the show, Anthony Davis did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Pelicans. Davis's 33 points, 16 rebounds and 1 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.

Houston's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Pelicans, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Rockets will settle for the upper hand in this one.

Up next for the reeling Rockets will be a date with the Oklahoma City Thunder while the visiting Pelicans will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Denver Nuggets.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden387171238
C. Capela101322029
N. Hilario12820119
P. Beverley17620131
E. Gordon14540133
T. Ariza8900034
R. Anderson13600030
L. Williams5220020
S. Dekker030006

Pelicans Stats

Roster P R A B S M
A. Davis331611341
D. Cousins29644130
J. Holiday18192338
S. Hill9340136
E. Moore6250027
J. Crawford12120118
T. Frazier0330024
D. Cunningham0400025
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