Manila, Philippines (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 21 points and
Omri Casspi added 17 with 10 rebounds, as the Houston Rockets rolled to a
116-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
It was the first-ever NBA game in the Philippines and these teams will next
travel to Taiwan for a game on Sunday.
Chandler Parsons chipped in 15 points and Jeremy Lin scored 14 for Houston,
which shot 53.2 percent. Patrick Beverley contributed 12 points and Dwight
Howard finished with nine in the victory.
Paul George led Indiana with 17 points, while David West had 14. The Pacers
shot just 39.5 percent and made only 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Houston led from start to finish, scoring the first 12 points of the game.
Harden drilled a three and added a layup during the spurt, which Howard capped
with bank shot.
The Rockets led by as many as 15 in the period and settled for a 31-24 edge
after 12 minutes. Indiana pulled within two midway through the second on a
Luis Scola layup, but Houston answered with the next five and went into the
break with a 61-55 advantage.
Indiana never got closer than five in the third and trailed by double digits
for most of the fourth quarter.
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