NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Pelicans' three-game win streak was snapped in dramatic fashion against the Houston Rockets Monday night as New Orleans could not overcome the loss of Anthony Davis to a concussion in the first half.
Jrue Holiday posted a season-high 32 points with nine assists and six rebounds but could only manage a half-court heave as the clock ran out and the game ended with the visitors on top, 112-111. Holiday was one of three significant contributors off the bench as Ryan Anderson chipped in 22 and Toney Douglas 18. Norris Cole was the only starter in double digits with 10 points on four-of-11 shooting from the field.
The Rockets built an 11-point lead early in the first quarter thanks to one-time Hornet Trevor Ariza who started six-of-six from the field, including four three-point shots. James Harden led the way for Houston with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
With the Pelicans leading 58-56 in the final minutes of the first half, Davis went up for a rebound and collided with teammate Tyreke Evans and fell to the floor, dropping the ball. The team's training staff tended to Davis for a couple minutes before taking him to the locker room for further evaluations. Pelicans public relations announced in the third quarter that Davis had been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. In 19 minutes of play, he totaled nine points and six rebounds.
The Pelicans return to action Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings.