In one of the most shocking moves of the 2012 offseason, the Houston Rockets completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire shooting guard James Harden. The team would later re-sign Harden to a five-year deal worth $80 million.
For his first test as the leader of the young franchise, Harden was matched up against Rodney Stuckey and the Detroit Pistons. After four quarters, Houston would prevail victorious by a score of 105-96.
Harden led the way, taking over the game by posting a stat line of 37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals and a block on 14-of-25 shooting. Harden also dropped in four three-pointers and posted a plus/minus of plus-18.
The numbers don't lie, folks. James Harden got his Houston Rockets debut off to a sensational start.