HOUSTON (AP) — Lonzo Ball had 27 factors and a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets 122-115 on Sunday night time to finish a two-game skid.
Ball was on hearth early, making all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt within the first quarter in his return after lacking seven video games with a hip damage. He cooled off after that and didn’t hit from lengthy vary once more till the third quarter, when he made two. He had 9 assists, and his 27 factors tied a season-best on an evening he outdid his earlier profession mark of seven 3s, which he’d completed 4 occasions.
Kelly Olynyk obtained the Rockets inside 4 with two free throws with about 2 ½ minutes to go, however Ball’s eighth 3-pointer made it 116-109. Jae’Sean Tate added a Three for Houston seconds later, and Ball left the sport quickly after with what seemed to be cramps.
Willy Hernangomez made a dunk with lower than a minute to go to push the result in 118-112.
Olynyk had a season-high 26 factors in his second 20-point recreation within the 5 video games since he was traded to Houston from Miami. The Rockets misplaced their fourth straight.
Kenyon Martin Jr. had three dunks in lower than two minutes to energy an 8-Four run that put the Rockets up 102-97 with about 7 ½ minutes to go. The Pelicans used a 10-2 spurt after that, highlighted by a Three from Ball, to take a 107-104 lead with about 4 minutes remaining.
The Pelicans had a six-point lead with about 2 ½ minutes left within the third, however the Rockets scored the final 9 factors of the interval, with 3s from D.J. Wilson and D.J. Augustin to take a 92-89 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ball’s large night time got here in a recreation the place all 5 starters completed with at the least 10 factors. Eric Bledsoe had 19, James Johnson added 18, Jaxson Hayes had 11, and Steven Adams had 12 with 11 rebounds.
Pelicans: Zion Williamson missed his third straight recreation with a strained proper thumb. … Brandon Ingram sat out for a 3rd consecutive recreation with a toe damage. … Nickeil Alexander-Walker injured his decrease leg within the second quarter and returned to make one in all two free throws after he was fouled on the play however sat out the remainder of the sport.
Rockets: John Wall was out for a 3rd straight recreation due to fluid in his proper knee. … Danuel Home Jr. sprained his proper ankle within the second quarter and didn’t return.
Gold medal profitable Olympic gymnast Simone Biles attended Sunday night time’s recreation and obtained a heat ovation when she was launched throughout a timeout within the first half.
Pelicans: Go to Atlanta on Tuesday night time.
Rockets: Host Phoenix on Monday night time.