On March 14, in the NBA regular season, the Pelicans defeated the Rockets 130-105 at home, ending their four-game losing streak. Valanciunas scored 32 points and 10 rebounds, Hayes 21 points, Marshall 17 points and 10 rebounds, Alvarado 16 points, 10 assists and 6 steals. For the Rockets, Jaylen Green had 17 points and Nuwaba had 15 points.
The Pelicans lacked the three cores of Ingram, McCollum and Zion, plus Nance and Lewis, the Rockets lacked Wall, Gordon, Schroder and Garuba, and Wood and Tate returned. At the beginning of the first quarter, the two teams tied at 7-7. The Pelicans scored 3 points in a row, Wood made two dunks and Matthews made a free throw to overtake 2 points, and Valanciunas made up for the dunk. The Rockets scored 5 points in a row, the Pelicans overtook the score with an 8-0 offensive, and the Rockets responded with a 7-2 offensive to regain the lead. The Pelicans made 3 of 4 free throws, the Rockets scored 5 more points to gain a 4-point advantage, the Pelicans chased 2 more points, Shen Jing made a three-pointer at the buzzer, and Alvarado made a layup. The Pelicans trailed the Rockets 29-32 in the first quarter. .
At the beginning of the second quarter, the two sides scored consecutive offensive points. Matthews extended his 6-point advantage with a three-pointer, Valanciunas made a dunk, and Tate responded with a tip-up. The Pelicans made a 13-2 offensive inside and out to overtake 5 points, Green dunked with both hands to chase the points, and the Pelicans once again played a 10-1 offensive to take a 12-point lead. Martin Jr. 2+1 chase points, Hayes hit one of two free throws, the Rockets hit 4 consecutive free throws, the Pelicans continued to play a wave of 7-0 offensive, the Pelicans won a single quarter 39-23 with a margin of 16 points, the Pelicans in the first half 68-55 lead the Rockets. In the first two quarters, 2 of the Rockets scored in double figures, Green and Tate both scored 11 points, 4 of the Pelicans scored in double figures, and Valanciunas scored 17 points.
After changing sides and fighting again, the Pelicans continued to crush the Rockets on both ends of the offense and defense. Green took the lead in hitting a three-pointer, the Pelicans scored 4 consecutive points, Tate responded with a three-pointer, and the Pelicans took a 20-point lead in a 9-0 offensive. Porter Jr. dunks, Valanciunas scored 5 points in a row, Porter Jr. scored 4 points in a row with 3-pointers and 1 of 3 free throws, the Pelicans scored 2 more points, Green made a 3-pointer, and the Pelicans continued to score one. Wave 10-2 offensive. The Pelicans won 30-17 in a single quarter by 13 points. At the end of the three quarters, the Pelicans led the Rockets 98-72. The Rockets scored in double figures in the first three quarters, and Valanciunas led the Pelicans 6 players in double figures with 28 points.
The Pelicans entered the fourth quarter with a 26-point lead. Due to the huge difference in points between the two sides, the game had lost its suspense in advance and entered garbage time. In the final quarter, the two sides basically started the training mode. In the end, the Pelicans beat the Rockets to end their 4-game losing streak, while the Rockets continued to hold the bottom-one position in the West.