Leading scorer James Harden scored seven of his 30 points in a second quarter that saw the Rockets outscore New Orleans, 39-18. Despite shooting just 1-7 from behind the arc, Harden was 10-of-20 from the field and added a 9-of-11 performance from the free throw line.
Led by Greivis Vasquez and Ryan Anderson, the Hornets slowly worked their way back into the game. With less than three minutes left, Vasquez, who led New Orleans with 24 points, dropped in two three-pointers to bring the deficit to just 98-96. But New Orleans would not score again, and Houston held on for the win.