The Houston Rockets hosted the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center on Saturday, October 26. The home team was looking to rebound after suffering an opening game loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night, and it did just that, winning a close game 126-123. Superstar rookie Zion Williamson was inactive after knee surgery, which forced New Orleans to rely on their role players and veterans to face a tough Rockets offense. James Harden scored 29 points, but was frustrated by a few questionable calls during the game.
The Pelicans' Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick kept the game close with clutch shooting and the three ball, and Brandon Ingram was their star scorer with 35 points. But the game truly belonged to the newest Rocket, guard Russell Westbrook. With 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, Westbrook passed Magic Johnson on the NBA's list of most triple-doubles all time with 139. If Westbrook and Harden can keep up this pace, a long run into the playoffs is certainly in the Rockets' future.