The New Orleans Pelicans debuted their new frontcourt on Thursday night, but it still wasn't enough to push them past the Houston Rockets. Lou Williams made his debut for Houston, making seven three-pointers, scoring 27 points, in a 129-99 rout of the Pelicans. New Orleans' big men did put up the numbers, but the team just didn't have the defense to slow down Houston. Anthony Davis had 29 points, while DeMarcus Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds in his team debut. The Pelicans also debuted Omri Casspi, who left the game with a broken thumb after scoring 12 points. For the Rockets, Eric Gordon scored 19 points off the bench, while James Harden had a double-double of 13 points and 14 assists. Houston led by as many as 35 points on the night, as they remain in third place in the West. The Pelicans sit three games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
LeBron's Triple-Double Lifts Cavs Past Knicks
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were speculated to be playing together following the trade deadline, but instead went up against one another again Thursday night. Per usual as of late, James got the best of this matchup, putting up a triple-double in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 119-104 win over the New York Knicks. He finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists for his 48th career triple-double, while Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the win. It was also James's sixth triple-double of this season, leading his team past New York for a 10th straight time. Kyle Korver scored 20 points of his own, as the Cavs are now 8-1 in the month of February, after going 7-8 in January. The Knicks have now lost seven of their past eight games, sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points in the losing effort.
Warriors' 50-Point Quarter Fuels Win Over Clippers
The Golden State Warriors looked like two different teams from the first half to the second half, but they got hot when it counted. After trailing by 12 at the half, Golden State scored 50 in the third quarter, pulling away from the Los Angeles Clippers for a 123-113 win Thursday night. Steph Curry had 17 of his 35 points come in the final 3:37 of the third, adding seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals in the victory. The offense just always seems to click against the Clippers, as Golden State has put up 400 points it the last three games against their rivals. The sharp-shooting quarter was the first 50-point frame since the Lakers did it against the Knicks in March of 2014. Kevin Durant had 15 of his 25 points in the third, helping the Warriors snap the Clippers' four-game win streak. Los Angeles was without Chris Paul for a 14th straight game, as they got 19 points from Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers in the loss.