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    Christian Wood plays 32 minutes, shooting 7 for 13.
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    HOUSTON, Texas — Eric Gordon and Christian Wood both scored 23 points, and the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 118-108, on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time) for their sixth straight win.

    Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 40 points for the Pelicans — the most since dropping 40 against Brooklyn on Nov. 4, 2019. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but New Orleans dropped their third game in the last five.

    Houston's Daniel Theis netted 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field, and Alperen Sengun finished with 10 points.

    New Orleans cut Houston's eight-point halftime lead to five with 10:48 left in the third quarter, but Gordon single-handedly expanded it back to double digits by scoring the Rockets' next 13 points over a span of 3:46 to balloon the lead to 72-61.

    In the fourth quarter, KJ Martin electrified the crowd with a massive putback dunk, which extended the Rockets' lead to 98-87.

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    Garrison Matthews, who hadn't scored since the second quarter, buried a corner 3 with 18.1 seconds left to extend the Rockets' lead to 118-108.

    Brandon IngramBrandon Ingram goes 15 for 28 in 38 minutes of action.

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    Pelicans: G Josh Hart (left knee soreness) missed his third straight game, though he did participate in some pregame shooting … Willy Hernangomez scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

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    Rockets: G Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh contusion) is considered day-to-day at this point, coach Stephen Silas said. … Rookie Jalen Green missed his fifth straight game with a left hamstring strain.

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    Pelicans: Start a two-game homestand Wednesday, hosting Denver.

    Rockets: Continue four-game homestand by hosting Brooklyn on Wednesday.

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    Christian Wood plays 32 minutes, shooting 7 for 13.
    PHOTO: AP
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