The revamped Houston Rockets got the new season off to a great start with a 105-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
A Jonas Jerebko finger roll—seriously, it happened—to start the fourth quarter put the host Pistons ahead by a score of 83-72, but after that, it was all Houston.
Carlos Delfino caught fire from the outside and James Harden continued the unstoppable play that he showcased all game long as the Rockets went on a huge 25-6 run to take the 97-89 lead. Greg Monroe hit a jumper with three minutes left to cut Houston's lead to four, but that was as close as the Pistons would get.
In the end, Houston outscored Detroit 33-15 in the final period to improve to 1-0.
For a complete look at the full box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: James Harden
It was an $80 million performance from the young combo guard. Seriously.
The newly traded-for-and-extended Harden put forth a season opener to remember as he went 14-of-25 from the field (4-of-10 from deep) for 37 points, 12 assists, four steals and a block. Detroit had no answer as the bearded wonder literally did whatever he wanted all night long.
Next Up for Houston
The 1-0 Rockets head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Friday.
Next Up for Detroit
The Pistons travel to Phoenix to start a six-game road trip against the Suns on Friday.