With a new team and a new role, James Harden looked as comfortable as could be.
Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a sensational debut for Houston, and Carlos Delfino made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Rockets to a 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Detroit led 83-72 early in the fourth, but Harden and Delfino brought the Rockets back. Houston acquired Harden on Saturday night in a trade with Oklahoma City and on Wednesday he agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension.
''I think I just wanted to get out there and play,'' Harden said. ''All the talking and all the craziness that has been happening this last week - I just wanted to go out there and play basketball.''
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year fell just short of his career high of 40 points, and his 12 assists were a career best. Not bad for a guy still adjusting to new teammates and a new situation.
Harden started only seven games...