VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
CFL
More
Betting Tools

 
Rockets escape past Hornets, 100-96

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 30 points, Omer Asik added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets held off the New Orleans Hornets 100-96 on Wednesday night.

Advertisement
Harden went 10 for 20 from the field but only 1 of 7 from 3-point range. He reached 30 points for the third time in seven games with the Rockets.

Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 24 for the Hornets, despite hurting his left ankle in the third quarter and briefly leaving the game. Anthony Davis had only eight points on 2-for-7 shooting.

The Rockets built a 21-point lead in the first half, but the Hornets played better defense in the second to close the gap.

Chandler Parsons sank a pivotal 3-pointer and fadeaway jumper late to help Houston win for the second time in five home games.

The Rockets took the floor while first-round draft pick Royce White remained absent from the team. The 6-foot-8 White called the team ``inconsistent'' in its efforts to help him cope with his anxiety disorder and fear of flying, and he sent out a series of often critical tweets throughout the day.

The team has said nothing publicly beyond a statement that said White was ``unavailable'' and that it would support him going forward.

After a slow start, the Rockets hardly seemed distracted.

Reserves Marcus Morris and Toney Douglas both hit a pair of 3s early in the second quarter as the Rockets surged to a 47-38 lead. Houston started 7 for 10 from the field overall in the quarter. Morris stayed on the floor when the starters returned, and scored on consecutive drives to stretch the lead to 52-40.

Morris just beat the halftime buzzer with another 3 to put the Rockets up 64-45. After hitting his first four shots, Vasquez didn't take a shot in the second quarter. Davis, coming off a 23-point, 11-rebound effort against Charlotte, had only one field goal and four points in the first half.

New Orleans defended the perimeter better in the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to six. Vasquez, fourth in the NBA in assists coming into the game, twisted his left ankle on a drive late in the third quarter, came out of the game and limped to the locker room.

Houston led 85-76 after three quarters, despite going 7 for 18 from the field and hitting only two 3s in the third.

The Rockets gave away four turnovers in the first 4 minutes of the final quarter. Vasquez returned and guarded Harden, who swished a jumper from the top of the key for a 95-88 lead with just over 4 minutes to go.

The 6-foot-9 Al-Farouq Aminu switched to guard Harden after that, and Harden passed to Parsons for a 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining, restoring Houston's double-digit lead.

Vasquez then sank a pair of 3s to fuel a quick 8-0 Hornets run that cut the gap to 98-96 with less than 2 minutes to play. Parsons just beat the shot clock with a fadeaway jumper to put Houston up by four.

Harden bit on Vasquez's head fake, landed awkwardly and was whistled for a non-shooting foul. Aminu missed a hurried 3-pointer, but Patrick Patterson couldn't corral the rebound and the ball went out of bounds. Vasquez missed a corner 3 at the buzzer, his only miss in four attempts from long range.

Notes: Houston coach Kevin McHale missed his third straight game since taking an indefinite leave to address a family matter in Minnesota. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson said the team still has no timetable for McHale's return. ... Former Rockets center Ralph Sampson was honored at midcourt during a timeout in the second quarter. Sampson, the top overall pick in the 1983 draft who guided Houston to the 1986 NBA Finals, was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September. ... The Rockets' 39 second-quarter points and 64 first-half points were season highs.

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Game 7 - Cavaliers at Celtics
News: NBA Playoffs - Game 7 Facts
News: 2018 Playoff Results
News: Conference Finals Odds
Thompson scores 35, Warriors rout Rockets
Rockets' Paul receiving regular treatment
LeBron faces another crossroads in Boston
Cavs' Love has head injury, day-to-day
BetOnline.ag: Books adjust to CP3 injury
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
5-1 L6 Picks, +1,284 Overall
19-7 L26 Picks, 14-5 L19 G-Plays
5-1 Win Streak, 5-2 L7 G-Plays
5-2 L7, 13-4 Picks, 10-4 G-Plays
3-0 L3 Playoff Picks
4-2 L5 Days, 17-9 L26 G-Plays
4-1 L5 Days, 7-2 L9 Guarantees
13-7 L20 Guaranteed Plays
8-4 L12, 12-5 Postseason Run
3-1 Last 4 Playoff Picks
30-14 L44 Guaranteed Run
5-2 L7 Picks, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
21-11 L32 Over/Under Plays
6-3 L9 Over/Unders
4-0 L4 Playoff Picks
+3,574 NBA Net Profits TY
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - NBA Playoffs - Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
2017 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3574
Antony Dinero + 1908
Paul Bovi + 1374
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 567
Vince Akins + 300
Kevin Rogers + 285
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Alex Smart 56 %
Joe Nelson 55 %
Paul Bovi 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2834
Alex Smart + 2295
Kevin Rogers + 1883
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2548
Mark Franco + 475
Doc's Sports + 404
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 662
Joe Nelson + 493
Bruce Marshall + 465
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership