Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Harden ready for lift off
OK, I am done with the Rockets puns for now. The story of the day in the NBA though was James Harden's debut in a Rockets uniform. It was only four days ago that Harden was surprisingly traded from the Thunder to the Rockets. He has barely had time to practice and get to know his teammates -- he did have enough time to sign a four-year, $80 million extension Wednesday.
His debut though was simply stunning.
Harden scored 37 points, grabbed six rebounds and, most impressively, dished out 12 assists to his new teammates. The 12 assists are a career high and the first time in his career that he had more than 10 assists. Not bad for a debut game with a whole bunch of new teammates.
The Rockets were really galvanized by Harden's offensive explosion, outscoring the Pistons 33-15 in the final quarter to complete a come-from-behind 105-96 win in Detroit.