WATCH: Harden nets 49 as Rockets blast off

James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outgunned the Dallas Mavericks, 153-149, in a high-scoring Western Conference contest that went into overtime in their first game of the NBA's restarted season on Friday, July 31 (Saturday, August 1, Philippine time) 

Harden scored 23 of his game high 49 points in the 1st quarter and Russell Westbrook chipped in 31 points for Houston after arriving late to Orlando because he tested positive for the coronavirus.

"It was tough to be home for 18, 19 days no working out," said Westbrook. 

Kristaps Porzingis had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, and Luka Doncic had a triple-double with 28 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists.