Harden Dishes Out 17 Assists for 10th Straight Win

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The Pelicans exploded offensively in the first quarter, scoring 41 points with the Rockets trailing by 6.  However, It only took the 44 seconds for the Rockets to take the lead in the 2nd after Trevor Ariza hit a 3 and a free-throw after the foul.

The Rockets would keep a small lead at the half, but New Orleans would take it back after holding Houston to just 18 points in the 3rd.

The Rockets were trailing by 7 at the start of the 4th quarter, but scored 34 points and holding the Pelicans to just 20 to win 130-123.  James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 20 points in the 4th quarter to lead their team to its 10th straight victory. 

James Harden had a Double-Double by the end of the first half, and finished the game with 26 points and 17 assists.

Clint Capela had a career high with 28 points, missing only one shot the entire game.  He also played great defensively with 8 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Eric Gordon put up 27 points, with 15 of those points coming from behind the arc. The team would finish with 17 3's, one less than the Pelicans who had 14 in the first half alone.

Chris Paul only scored 2 points in the first half, but finished with 20.  "The guys on the team just kept saying keep shooting, keep shooting.  So, I finally just saw one go through, and then we started getting stops," Paul said after the game.

The Rockets host Charlotte Wednesday night as they continue their home stretch.

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