James Harden's sixth 40-point triple-double of the season wasn't enough to carry the Rockets to a win despite facing the dismal Pelicans playing without All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Turns out, having Boogie out of the lineup is what New Orleans needed. Sidelined with by left knee and rib soreness, Cousins missed his second game with the Pelicans since the Feb. 19 trade, but his new team won without him again.
Pelicans forward Solomon Hill scored a career-high 30 points in the 128-112 upset over Houston on Friday night in New Orleans. The Pelicans are now 2-0 without Cousins and 3-7 when he's played since the trade.
Anthony Davis added 24 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans, which has won three of its past four but still sit 28-41 on the season
Stud of the night
Despite sustaining a sprained left foot, John Wall dished out a career-high 20 assists to go with 14 points as the Wizards beat the Bulls, 112-107. With the win, Washington is now 3 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers for the top seed in the East.
Duds of the night
The Pistons: Toronto outscored Detroit 27-9 in the fourth quarter to gain momentum in a game which at one time appeared to be out of reach. The Pistons missed their final 10 shots of the game in the 82-75 defeat. Marcus Morris was just 1 of 13 from the floor wit three points in 35 minutes.
Check out Magic forward Terrence Ross throw down a 360-degree dunk against the Suns.
Cavaliers (45-22) at Clippers (40-29), 8:30 p.m. ET — The defending champions kick off a four-game road trip against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Clippers. LA needs a win to keep the fifth seed in the West while the Cavs look to maintain their Eastern Conference lead over the Celtics.