October 31, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots the ball over Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) in the second quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
The Houston Rockets take down the Detroit Pistons 105-96. But that may not be the biggest story of game one of the regular season. The Rockets may have finally gotten their superstar in James Harden. Who knew $80 million for one player may possibly be a steal.
Harden’s career high in a game is 40 points. With that being said, tonight was Harden’s best game of his career. He finished with 37 points on 14-25 shooting, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in 44 minutes. He also shot 4-10 from three and 5-6 from the line. I know it’s just game one but Harden has arrived in the NBA as a different player. He is now a legitimate star athlete who isn’t done progressing. The best part is he will be in Houston for at least 6 seasons.
Jeremy Lin played much better in the first regular season game than he did in the entire preseason. Lin showed his true value when The Rockets were +23 with him on the floor. Houston struggled with him on the bench. The Lin and Harden backcourt worked in the first game and I expect it to get better in time. Lin finished with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
The Rockets struggled at times defensively and with turnovers. The third quarter was a disaster and it looked like the Pistons were going to pull it out easily. But they came back out in the fourth playing Rocket basketball. The team is very young and is still working on the chemistry. They looked sloppy at times but when they start to gel the play should pick up. The only question i have is was this really the start of “a new age” or was it just against the Detroit Pistons?
It’s just game one but there’s a lot to be excited about, Rockets fans.