Pelicans win again without DeMarcus Cousins, upset Rockets

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.

Biggie’s sports ties run deep. He inserted basketball references into his rhymes on the regular.

Early in his career he teamed up with Heavy D for a track called “Jam Session” and delivered lines such as, “I’m stripping like Scottie Pippen giving the serious butt kicking/Breaking bones like Karl Malone, yeah I’m flippin’/Or Isaiah, say ya prayer when I step inta your lair/Leave the lane clear; I’m welfare like Lambier” and “Rebounding, outstanding, no one surroundin’/I’m screwing and doing like I was Ewing/The only one soaring and scoring is Jordan /He musta had his Wheaties this morning.”

He also traded bars with Shaquille O’Neal on the Big Aristotle’s 1997 single “You Can’t Stop the Reign.” And, of course, there was the infamous tale he penned, featuring a mystery Cheap Jerseys Bike Knick Cheap Jerseys of the 90s, on “I Got a Story to Tell.”

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