The New Orleans Pelicans dominated from the very beginning and never trailed from the opening tip at the Toyota Center, winning 131-112. The Houston Rockets had no answers for the Pelicans big Big Three, and each of the Pelicans’ starters wound up scoring in double digits.
Anthony Davis finished with a line of 32 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists and added three steals and three blocks for good measure. He shot an efficient 13/21 from the field and was undeniably the best player in a game that featured the 2018 MVP James Harden.
The Pelicans rode the hot hand of Nikola Mirotic early, who finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Julius Randle added 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists off the bench in just 24 minutes of run.
Charlotte Hornets 112:113 Milwaukee Bucks
Detroit Pistons 103:100 Brooklyn Nets
Indiana Pacers 111:83 Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic 104:101 Miami Heat
New York Knicks 126:107 Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors 116:104 Cleveland Cavaliers
San Antonio Spurs 112:108 Minnesota Timberwolves
Sacramento Kings 117:123 Utah Jazz 123
L. A. Clippers 98:107 Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns 121:100 Dallas Mavericks