James Harden scored 21 points, six other Houston Rockets players scored in double-figures and Kevin McHale's ballclub got off to a 12-0 start and never looked back in a 116-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Philippines on Thursday.
The Pacers made numerous runs during this game, battling back from an early 15-point deficit to cut the Rockets lead to four, but they were never fully able to get over the hump.
Every time Indiana cut into the lead, Houston would go on another spurt to widen the gap. Finally, the Rockets exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pacers 32-21 en route to a 20-point win.
Paul George led Indiana with 17 points, but his team shot only 39.7 percent from the floor and allowed the Rockets to convert on 54.7 percent of their field-goal attempts in a rather sloppy performance by the Pacers.