James Harden scored 30 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out 11 assists as the Rockets won their NBA preseason opener against the New York Knicks 130-103 Tuesday night at Toyota Center.
Harden played 30 minutes in the game’s first quarters and made 7-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line, and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. He left with the Rockets leading 104-77. They led for the final 46:55 of the game, shooting 54 percent from the field, and 48 percent from distance.
Houston held New York to 17 points in the first quarter on 20 percent shooting, and 42 in the first half, with the Knicks hitting less than a third of their shots. Kristaps Porzingis led them with 22 points. Derrick Rose added 16 while Carmelo Anthony chipped in 10.
Ryan Anderson was quiet for the Rockets in the first half, scoring nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, but he caught fire after halftime, putting up 17 points in the third quarter, draining 6-of-7 shots, 5-of-6 from downtown.
Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza added 10 points, with Gordon started in place of the injured Patrick Beverly.
Nene came off the bench behind Clint Capela in the first half and scored six points. He started in place of Capela in the second half and hit a field goal and two free throws. Capela scored six points and grabbed four rebounds.
After beating the Shanghai Sharks Sunday night at Toyota Center, the Rockets will head to China for eight days, taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.