"We come out here after every game and we talk about, 'Well, you know, we're still in the playoff race.' No, we're not. We're not," a visibly angry Gentry said after the game. "What we are is, we're a team that -- when we have an opportunity to do something, we didn't get it done. So that is the bottom line.
"We're up six points, we turn the ball over three straight times. You can't do that and win on the road. It's that simple."
The Pelicans committed 22 turnovers in the game, including five in the fourth quarter, and were held to just two points over the final 2:58.
"We turned the ball over," said Anthony Davis, who finished with 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. "We had big turnovers, and they went down and capitalized on our mistakes."
The Rockets shot 3-for-34 from 3-point range, making just 8.8 percent of their attempts, the worst ever by a team with more than 30 attempts, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They also committed 21 turnovers.
"It was tough. It was a tough loss tonight," said Pelicans guard Norris Cole, who finished with 21 points and eight assists. "Because we beat ourselves. Of course they played aggressive and turned their defense up a little bit at the end, but it was nothing that we weren't prepared for. It hurts when you beat yourself up a little out there."
The Pelicans, who let a late lead slip away to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, are six games behind the Rockets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, with the Jazz (1½ games back), Kings (five) and Nuggets (six) ahead of them.
New Orleans entered Wednesday's game with a 0.9 percent chance of making the postseason, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index.