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.
New Orleans lost guard Tyreke Evans in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. Evans had X-rays on his left ankle, which came back negative, and he did not return.
Evans hit an off-balance jumper in the lane and appeared to land on a defender's foot, rolling his ankle.
Evans, who came to the Pelicans from Sacramento in the offseason as part of a three-team trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland and Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 10 minutes.
Isaiah Thomas says his pitch to free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant would be about the tradition of the Celtics and the great fans in Boston.
If LeBron James wants his now customary one-year contract plus a player option with the Cavaliers he stands to leave $3 million on the table compared to the one-year deal he could get elsewhere.
Marc Spears speaks with Chris Washburn, who was drafted third overall in the 1986 NBA Draft, about how drug addiction cost him almost everything, including his life.