NBA wrap: Pelicans shock Rockets, Lakers lose despite Ingram career-high

New Orleans Pelicans withstood a 37-point performance from Rockets star James Harden - his 24th straight game of at least 30 points - to triumph.

Jahlil Okafor (red) scored 27 points for New Orleans Pelicans.   -  AP

New Orleans Pelicans shrugged off multiple injuries and uncertainty surrounding star Anthony Davis on Tuesday, rallying for a 121-116 NBA victory over Houston Rockets.

One day after Davis requested a trade, and with five of the team's top six scorers -- Anthony included -- absent because of injury, the Pelicans withstood a 37-point performance from Rockets star James Harden to triumph.

Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday added 19 and Ian Clark chipped in 15 off the bench for a New Orleans team that used its 20th different starting lineup of the season thanks to injuries to Davis, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton.

 

New Orleans took the lead for the first time in the game with 2:06 left in the third quarter on Kenrich Williams' basket -- and it never trailed again.

Harden notched his 24th straight game of at least 30 points, but his 17 in the fourth quarter weren't enough to turn the tide.

 

Davis, sidelined by a finger injury, watched from the bench hours after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA because his agent's public revelation of his desire to be traded violated league rules.

“That's going to play out the way it plays out,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game. “I think everything that needed to be said has been said.”

Ingram can't save Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers went down to Philadelphia 76ers 121-105 despite a career-high of 36 points from Brandon Ingram. Joel Embiid led the way for Philadelphia, scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Simmons totalled 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

 

With the loss, its fourth in five, Los Angeles drops to to 26-25. The 76ers moved to 33-18 and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Bucks bounce back

Milwaukee's MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and handed out 11 assists to lead the Bucks to a 115-105 victory over Detroit Pistons.

Milwaukee, which lost to Oklahoma City on Sunday, underscored its bounce-back credentials with the win. It is the only NBA team that hasn't lost two in a row at any point this season.

 

Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points for Milwaukee in the first quarter as foul trouble limited Antetokounmpo. Eric Bledsoe added 20 points, reserve Pat Connaughton scored 16 and Khris Middleton chipped in 15 for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games and stretched their league-leading record to 36-13.

Napier helps Nets beat Bulls

In Brooklyn, the Nets shook off the fatigue of the second night of a back-to-back, grinding out a 122-117 victory over Chicago Bulls. The Nets overcame a nine-point second-half deficit thanks to strong second-half performances from D'Angelo Russell and Shabazz Napier.

Napier's three-pointer with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter put it up 71-67 and he drained a jump shot to make it 75-70. Chicago cut the deficit to 107-104 with 2:54 to play, but Joe Harris drained a three and put in a layup as Nets held on. Napier scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half, while Russell led all scorers with 30 points.

Suns 'robbed'

Rudy Gay's buzzer-beating jump shot lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 126-124 victory over the lowly Phoenix Suns - a win that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he didn't think his team deserved.

 

“We had no respect for them or for the game,” Popovich said after Phoenix, last in the Western Conference at 11-42, connected on 60 percent of their shots from the field and 44.8 percent from three-point range.”

“It was a pathetic performance and Phoenix got robbed,” Popovich said.

Devin Booker scored 38 points but it wasn't enough as Phoenix Suns endured its ninth straight defeat.

In Orlando, Paul George did his damage early and Dennis Schroder came on late to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 126-117 victory over the Magic. George scored 31 of his 37 points in the first half and Schroder scored 18 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City handed Magic a fourth straight defeat.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook notched his fourth consecutive triple-double -- and 17th of the season -- with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists. George recorded his eighth straight game with 24 points or more.

Results

Milwaukee Bucks 115-105 Detroit Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers 116-113 Washington Wizards
Oklahoma City Thunder 126-117 Orlando Magic
Brooklyn Nets 122-117 Chicago Bulls
New Orleans Pelicans 121-116 Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs 126-124 Phoenix suns
Philadelphia 76ers 121-105 Los Angeles Lakers