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Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers: Grading Rockets' Performance
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In the first NBA game to ever take place in the Philippines, the Houston Rockets would lead from start to finish as they defeated the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 116-96. 

The live crowd was fairly tame in the opening quarter, but due to heavy rains and traffic outside the arena, not everyone was able to make it for the start of the game. This was a historic event for the country and the NBA as a whole, so it was nice to see the building fill up over time. 

The 12,885 fans in attendance witnessed Houston shoot 53.2 percent from the field and score 50-plus points in the paint. They also forced the Pacers to turn the ball over 19 times.

A 32-21 fourth quarter helped the Rockets pull away for good, and the Rockets now have their first victory of the preseason. 

The bench stepped up in a big way, scoring 54 of the team's 116 points. There was no need to play the starters for heavy minutes in this one. 

Houston and Indiana will play once again on Sunday, October 13th in Taipei, Taiwan. 

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