This game, like many this season, was filled with plays that made you look the other way. Through sheer paint domination (58-40 point disparity) in the half court, fastbreak points in transition (14-4 point disparity), and a fourth quarter shooting performance from Jeremy Lin and James Harden that seemingly came from absolutely nowhere, Houston was able to hold on for a victory against a talented Pelicans squad looking to make some noise.

The Houston bench got outscored 30-16 with only Omri and Aaron contributing. Collectively the bench shot 6 of 19 (31%) in an effort that saw Cisco's 12 minutes throw up a stat line full of donuts. Despite this, the starters were able to take control of the game halfway through the fourth quarter, going on a 19-6 run to close the game out.