Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/30/14
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- James Harden quickly settled into his new role as the Houston Rockets' franchise player. Harden dazzled in his Rockets debut, pouring in 37 points as Houston captured a 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday. Harden, acquired from Oklahoma City in a blockbuster trade over the weekend, also contributed 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals in the opener for both teams. His new backcourt partner Jeremy Lin, signed away from the New York Knicks as a free agent, had 12 points, eight assists and four steals as Houston erased a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. Brandon Knight led five Pistons in double figures with 15 points. Harden and Lin scored the first 10 points of the second half to give Houston a seven-point lead but Detroit recovered to take an 81-72 into the fourth quarter. After Tayshaun Prince ended the Rockets' run with a jumper, the Pistons proceeded to score 13 unanswered points. Rookie gua...
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