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Pelicans beat Rockets in Dwight Howard's debut, 116-115 in exhibition opener

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) has his shot blocked by Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Carson) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans, right, watches as Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, left, dunks the ball during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. AP Photo/Richard Carson) (The Associated Press)

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    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard looks to the scoreboard after being called for goaltending against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Carson) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) has his shot blocked by Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Carson) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Pelicans players line up in their new uniform warmups during the national anthem before a preseason NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Carson) (The Associated Press)

Anthony Morrow scored 26 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Houston 116-115 on Saturday night in Dwight Howard's exhibition debut for the Rockets.

Howard had 19 points and nine rebounds in his first game since signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets in the offseason.

Howard was 6 of 11 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line in 27 minutes. He also had a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing a defensive 3-second violation.

Morrow was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 8 of 15 overall from the field in 33 minutes. Anthony Davis added 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 27 minutes, and Austin Rivers also had 21 points in 32 minutes. James Harden scored 21 points for the Rockets in 28 minutes.