Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/10

Game 1: Thursday, October 10th
Rockets116Final
Pacers96
Game 2: Sunday, October 13th
Pacers98Final
Rockets107

Rockets 116

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Pacers 96

(0-2, 0-2 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:30 AM ET, October 10, 2013

    MALL OF ASIA ARENA

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 31 30 23 32116
    IND 24 31 20 2196

    Top Performers

    Hou: J. Harden 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Ind: G. Hill 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Rockets beat Pacers 116-96 in 1st game in Manila

    Associated Press

    MANILA, Philippines -- James Harden scored 21 points Thursday to lead the Houston Rockets to a 116-96 win over the Indiana Pacers in the first NBA preseason game in the Philippines.

    Omri Casspi added 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Houston, while Paul George led the Pacers with 17 points. Dwight Howard was held to nine points in his second game for the Rockets after struggling with foul trouble, and had four turnovers.

    Houston coach Kevin McHale started Patrick Beverly at point guard and Terrence Jones at power forward instead of Jeremy Lin and Donatas Motiejunas, who started in the first preseason game.

    "I told them I will change starting lineups every game to see what happens. They're aware of it," McHale said. "On this game, I saw D-Mo (Motiejunas) having a great synergy with Omri Casspi and the bench was just energized."

    For Indiana coach Frank Vogel, the Rockets just showed up more ready to play.

    "It's simple: the Rockets played better than us," he said.

    NBA Commissioner David Stern said basketball-obsessed country is an ideal host for NBA preseason games, and the league may go to other Southeast Asian countries.

    He said Filipinos were "rabid fans in a wonderful way."

    "The NBA is always trying to find ways to take advantage of opportunities particularly in Southeast Asia, and the Philippines lead the way," Stern said. "But we're beginning to see activity around like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore."

    The teams play each other again on Sunday in Taiwan, the ancestral home of Rockets guard Lin.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HOU
    IND
    Points 116 96
    FGM-FGA 41-77 (.532) 32-81 (.395)
    3PM-3PA 7-21 (.333) 5-20 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 27-36 (.750) 27-39 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-45 11-39
    Assists 27 16
    Turnovers 16 19
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 26 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (2/0) 29 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 22 0

    Top Performers

    Houston
    Indiana
    James Harden Harden
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    George Hill Hill
    Points: 10
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0