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. Yet even as coaches and trainers encouraged him to rest, Evans was having none of it. Instead, he played some of his most relentless, productive and crowd-pleasing basketball of the season. He capped it off with 25 points and 10 assists on Wednesday night, and New Orleans closed out a difficult, injury riddled season with a 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets. "I just want to have fun, man," Evans said. "It was my last game this year. ... I was hurt. I could have easily sat out, taken the back seat, but coach talked to us about finishing strong and thats what I wanted to do." Two nights earlier, Evans scored a career-high 41 points in a stunning victory over Oklahoma City. Against Houston, he enlivened the crowd with end-to-end drives, high razzle-dazzle dribbles and an array of midair contortions in order to get off shots in traffic near the basket. "He drove me crazy with some of his uh-oh plays, but these last two games, I hope he gets player of the week," coach Monty Williams said. "We needed these two games to go into the summer. He stepped up big-time and carried the team." The Rockets, who had already locked up the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, rested James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin. Still, the game was competitive as a number of role players sought to make the most of extended action. Troy Daniels, a rookie guard out of VCU whod scored only 20 points in 31 minutes all season, hit 6 3s and finished with a career-high 22 points. "I was ready to get out there," Daniels said. "It shows the coach has a lot of faith in me. Obviously I have a lot of work to do and a lot of progress to make, but it was a good start for me to get my confidence up." Evans gave New Orleans the lead for good with a driving layup with 2:35 left, then sealed it with a powerful move in which he wedged his way between Jordan Hamilton and Josh Powell for a running, right-handed hook from the lane. "It wasnt just about, We aint making the playoffs; lets pack it up," said guard Anthony Morrow, nodding at Evans. "When a guy who signs a long-term deal still plays the last two games of the season the way he did, it says a lot about him." Austin Rivers added 18 points and Morrow 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 per cent. Neither team led by more than single digits. New Orleans had the largest lead at 90-81, but Houston responded with a late 11-4 run that included 3s by Hamilton and Daniels, then took a brief 100-99 lead when Hamilton stole the ball and converted a fast-break lay-in with 2:51 left. Regular Houston starters Terrence Jones, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Beverly, who had 14 points, also played as if it mattered. Hamilton hit four 3s on his way to 14 points and Donatas Motiejunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. "We werent going to change in the standings, so we played a bunch of guys that we hadnt played before," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "Its time to get some guys comfortable." Dwight Howard was among a minority of players who looked like as if he was merely going through the motions. He was 1 of 5 shooting, including a missed 3 after which he allowed a smirk, and grabbed four rebounds while turning the ball over three times. But Howard had more important things to think about with the fourth-seeded Rockets, who won 54 games this season, starting a playoff series against Portland on Sunday. Notes: After missing the past two games with a left ankle injury, Pelicans guard Brian Roberts played 4 minutes, long enough to make three free throws. That got him to 125 made foul shots this season, qualifying him for the official NBA lead in free throw shooting percentage at 93.9 per cent. "To have that, thats something thats special and something Ill never forget," Roberts said. ... Pelicans rookie C Jeff Withey tied a career high with five blocks. ... The loss was Houstons first against the Pelicans in four meetings this season. Cheap MLB Jerseys
. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos into question. Cheap Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys
. - The Abbotsford Heat hope a last-minute goal keeps their season alive for more than one extra game.(Sports Network) - If the Carolina Hurricanes played in the Northeast Division, they might be a playoff club. The Hurricanes look to continue their dominance of the division this evening as they host the Montreal Canadiens. You can see the action on TSN Habs at 7pm et/4pm pt. The game can also be heard live on TSN Radio 990 and TSN.ca/Montreal. Carolina was last in action on Tuesday against Ottawa and picked up a 2-1 win over the Northeast Divisions second-place club. The victory gave the Hurricanes a 12-3-4 record versus the division this season, including an 8-0-2 mark in the last 10. Just one of those wins have come against the Canadiens, who took their first two meetings with the Canes before Carolina came through with a 5-3 win at Montreal on Feb. 13. The Hurricanes have points in 11 of their last 16 versus the Habs (8-5-3) and nine of the last 15 meetings have been decided by one goal. Cam Ward came within 13 seconds of logging his sixth shutout of the season on Tuesday versus the Senators, but instead settled for a 38-save win. His effort helped Carolina improve to 6-3-1 over its past nine games. "I felt like I was seeing the puck really well, I felt comfortable in there," Ward said. "For the most part I was really happy with the way I controlled my rebounds and guys were there for me most of the night." Brandon Sutter and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Hurricanes, who had dropped four of their previous five coming in. Jusssi Jokinen logged an assist on Ruutus goal to give him five points in his last five games. jerseys from china
. . Carolina will end its season on Saturday with a road matchup against the Florida Panthers. Montreals last loss to Carolina ended a four-game winning streak and the club has won consecutive games just once since, doing so on Feb. 8-10. The Canadiens will look to do so again tonight after snapping a four-game slide with last nights 5-2 in over the Lightning. Max Pacioretty and former Cane Erik Cole both scored two goals, while Alexei Emelin added a goal and Pacioretty also posted an assist to give him a club- leading point total of 63. He is also second on the club with 32 goals, trailing Coles 34. "It was fun to get a couple of goals here," said Pacioretty, who hadnt scored in his previous 11 games. "Goal-scoring is a big part in your mind and when youre not scoring, it tends to block things up in there. But once you get the first one, it all comes back. We want to leave a good impression here at the end of the season." Peter Budaj had to make only 14 saves to earn the win on the same day it was announced that starter Carey Price will miss the rest of the season due to a concussion. Montreals starting goaltender had been suffering from headaches since his last start on March 30. Montreal, set to miss the postseason for the first time since 2007, will wrap its season at home on Saturday versus Toronto. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys
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