Basketball: Steven Adams posts double-double as New Orleans Pelicans beat Houston Rockets

Steven Adams put in a crucial performance for New Orleans Pelicans, coming up with a double-double in their 122-115 victory over Houston Rockets in the NBA.

Returning to the Pelicans starting side after missing their last game with an ankle injury, the Kiwi centre added 12 points and 11 rebounds, as well as three assists and two steals, despite only playing 22 minutes.

Adams' display against the Rockets was up on his 2020/21 season averages of 7.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and two assists per game.

Lonzo Ball led the way for the Pelicans with 27 points, 10 assists and four rebounds, backed up by Eric Bledsoe (19 points), James Johnson (18), Willy Hernangomez (15), Naji Marshall (12) and Jaxson Hayes (11).

New Orleans' display was all the more impressive considering they were without the injured trio of Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe) and Josh Hart (thumb).

Adams' Pelicans sit 12th in the NBA's Western Conference, boasting a record of 21 wins and 27 losses so far this season - a whopping 17 victories off table-topping Utah Jazz, who have 38 wins and 11 losses.