Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram scored 33 points and had 12 assists as the New Orleans Pelicans rode a third-quarter surge to a 120-107 road win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Player of the Game
Brandon  Ingram
EFF
33
Brandon Ingram
Points 33
Accuracy 12-21
Rebounds 3
Assists 12

Jaxson Hayes came off the bench to contribute 21 points and seven rebounds to help the Pelicans to their third consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since a four-game run from Dec. 15-23. Ingram fueled a 22-point turnaround in the third quarter, when New Orleans rallied from a 60-49 deficit and finished with an 86-75 lead when he assisted on Jose Alvarado's 3-pointer with 41.2 seconds left in the period, capping a 15-5 burst.

Houston closed within four points early in the fourth quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers by Garrison Mathews, but Hayes made a three-point play and hit a layup to help the Pelicans reclaim control and take a 92-83 lead.

Josh Hart contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Pelicans, who shot 53.2 percent from the floor. Hayes, who shot 9-for-9 Friday in Denver, finished 8-for-10 with one 3-pointer. Ingram scored 17 points in the third quarter, including eight in a row during a 13-0 run.

Christian Wood led the Rockets with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Green and Mathews scored 18 apiece, and Josh Christopher (12) and KJ Martin (nine) combined for 21 off the bench.

Hayes converted back-to-back Houston turnovers into dunks to help the Pelicans take an early 15-11 lead. Hayes poured in 13 first-quarter points, half of New Orleans' total, in just 10 minutes, but the Rockets found a counter to Hayes' scoring in their reserves. Christopher, Martin and Mathews combined for 21 first-half points, with 20 of those points coming in the second period.

Martin threw down a trio of vicious dunks to fuel the Rockets, the third giving Houston a 33-31 lead. The remainder of the second quarter saw four ties, three lead changes and neither team leading by more than five points. Houston closed the half with a 9-2 run capped by Wood's tip-in with 0.6 seconds remaining for a 54-49 lead. The Rockets ran off the first six points of the third quarter to go up by 11 before Ingram and the Pelicans came alive.

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Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans
48%
40/84
Field goals
53%
41/77
49
Rebounds
46
28
Assists
29
5
Steals
12
69%
11/16
Free throws
72%
26/36
62%
24/39
2-pointers
60%
29/48

Best players

Christian  Wood
22 PTS
8/15 FG
3/4 FT
Brandon  Ingram
33 PTS
12/21 FG
6/9 FT
Christian  Wood
8 REB
7 DREB
1 OREB
New Orleans Pelicans
Few players
7 REB
Kevin  Porter
8 As
2 TO
34 MIN
Brandon  Ingram
12 As
4 TO
36 MIN
Christian  Wood
20 EFF
56% 2P%
50% 3P%
Brandon  Ingram
33 EFF
56% 2P%
60% 3P%