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Rockets crush Spurs in Harden’s preseason debut

Martin Mendoza

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Rockets crush Spurs in Harden’s preseason debut

ON THE FLOOR. James Harden joins the Rockets in a preseason game for the first time.

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Disgruntled star James Harden scores 12 points in his preseason debut for the Houston Rockets

After demanding for a trade and showing up late for training camp, Houston Rockets superstar and former league MVP James Harden made his preseason debut on Tuesday, December 15 (Wednesday, December 16, Manila time) in a 112-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. 

The reigning three-time NBA scoring champion Harden, who missed the Rockets’ first two preseason games – both against the Bulls – finished with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting, along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 21 minutes of action. 

New acquisition John Wall and Ben McLemore each had 15 points for the Rockets, who are now 2-1 in the preseason.

Lonie Walker IV topscored for the Spurs with 17 points in the loss.

In Sacramento, Warriors superstar Steph Curry dropped 29 points, but the Kings escaped the Warriors, 114-113, off a Kyle Guy three-pointer at the buzzer.

Guy, the seldom-used sophomore guard, led the way for the Kings with 20 points, while Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox added 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Over in Philadelphia, the 76ers and the Boston Celtics made their preseason debuts, with Philadelphia winning, 108-99.

Shake Milton had 19 points, while Joel Embiid contributed 18 points for the 76ers in the preseason battle of the two Eastern Conference contenders.

Former All-Star guard Jeff Teague finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in his debut for the Boston Celtics, who are missing star point guard Kemba Walker due to a knee injury. –

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