19659002] Pelicans managed to leave with 121-116 victory over Houston Rockets, stunningly disturbed by circumstances.
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Pelican strikers Anthony Davis was fined $ 50,000 by NBA after his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN his client's wish to be traded, a violation of the collective agreement
"I think it's more about the team tonight than anything else," said Pelicas coach Alvin Gentry. "We have a good group, all we talk about and talk about is that we have enough guys to fill a team and if we have enough guys to fill a team then we have to play for everybody, and we think we did all three tonight. "
Pelicans gathered from a 1
While Harden extended his series with 30 or more points in 24 games – a game that only surpassed Wilt S he had one of his least effective appearances for the season.Hardon was 11th-32th from the floor and 6th-18th from a 3-point range.JRCe Holiday, the pelicans who only had regular star, won much of the credit for Harden's relative fights New Orleans often caught Harden, trying to get the ball out of his hands, but Hollywood headed the defensive effort against the ruling MVP.Holiday joked that he had directed "my inner Anthony" six blocks with high quarries, including five of Harden's photos.
"Jrue Holiday is probably one of the best defenders in the league, if not the best," – said Mike Antoni. "Obviously, he did a fucking job for him."
The pelican center, Jahil Okafor, former general athlete number 3 who is a reclamation project, continued his impressive production while playing heavy minutes due to Davis' injuries), Nicholas Mirotic (calf) and Julius Randall (ankle). Okafor had 27 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Pelicans also received a surprising push from the bench by rookie Kenrih Williams, whose 16 rebounds over their previous season.
"The message was just having fun, playing together there, giving everything and living with the result," said Okafor who had a third night of 20 points and a fourth double pair in the last five games. 36
James Harden says the rockets "did not have energy" in losing their Pelican home, explaining how the Pelicans were downplaying the kidnappings resulting from the situation with Davis whose agent Rich Paul informed the New Orleans leadership that the perennial All-Star Big Man will reject an offer to extend the Superm contract "We are here to play basketball," said Holidey, who had 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists, in addition to his six blocks. "Everyone here in this dressing room is come here for their ability to play. Given the opportunity, being encouraged by coaches and teammates with each other, it is quite easy to play with these boys. "
Davis cures his teammates with seafood, dining in Houston on Monday night and watching the victory on Tuesday on the bench in the street clothes, suggesting directors of the young pelicans during the game and grinning when New Orleans (23-28) finished the victory after escaping from the late rally in the rockets
For Houston it was a bitter road to end of January and became the first player of Michael Jordan in arts in 1987 to score 600 points a month, rockets (29-21) complained of lack of energy and attention to defense details after letting pelicans with short hands shoot 51.1 percent of the floor  "A terrible loss for us," Harden said. Play. "