HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
The Pelicans trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before using a 7-0 run to take a 79-73 lead and they didn’t trail again. Ryan Anderson scored the last five points in that spurt to help New Orleans snap a six-game skid in Houston.
Jrue Holiday added 16 points with 10 assists for New Orleans and Anderson had 16 points.
James Harden scored 21 and Dwight Howard had 17 points with 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost for just the second time in nine games.
Harden entered leading the NBA in scoring and had scored more than 40 points in two of his last three games. But he had a tough night by his standards and made just eight of 23 shots.
BULLS 103, KNICKS 97
CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points and Chicago beat New York in a game missing All-Stars Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
Playing without Rose, who sat out with an illness, the Bulls got another strong game from Butler. He was 11 of 21 from the floor with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Still, the Bulls had trouble shaking a short-handed New York team that’s lost three straight and 13 of 14.
Pau Gasol scored 20 points for Chicago, which went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take an 87-77 lead.
The Knicks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr., who had 23 points and five 3-pointers.
Anthony was sidelined with a sore left knee. New York also was without Andrea Bargnani (right hamstring), Cleanthony Early (right knee), Iman Shumpert (left shoulder) and J.R. Smith (left foot).