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Rockets enjoy ‘Hearty’ with James Harden without a trade

San Antonio – Houston’s first game James Harden could have been better than anyone.

Christian Wood had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the Rockets rallied to trade the franchise cornerstone after beating the San Antonio Spurs 109-105 in their first game on Thursday night.

“That was fun. It was really good stuff,” said Houston first-year coach Stephen Silas.

Sterling Brown, who replaced Harden in the starting lineup, had 23 points, seven rebellions and three assists in 36 minutes. Jae’Sean Tate added 13 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

San Antonio forward Kelden Johnson had a career-high 29 points and Lonnie Walker IV added 16 points, tying a career-high with four 3-pointers.

Houston sent Harden to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in a four- blockbuster trade. Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum and Rodion Kurux, who acquired the Rockets with multiple draft picks and draft swaps for Harden, are not with the team right now.

It was Houston’s first game Harden since 2012, when Oklahoma City traded their young guard to the Rockets primarily due to lack of salary.

Sterling Brown (0) and forward David Namaba (2) celebrate their victories over Spurs.

Hardnett remained publicly quiet for months through rumors about his unhappiness with the Rockets, but he broke that silence after the second loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. He categorically stated that the rockets were “simply not very good” and did not believe the situation could be fixed.

Houston showed otherwise, at least in its first opportunity to do so.

“We had a meeting after the last game against the Lakers and we put the line there,” Tate said. “Everyone has a lot to prove.”

The Rockets were also John Wall and Eric Gordon due to injuries. The uproar took more minutes for the rest of the roster, and he took advantage of it.

Silas said, “The is something that I believe in a lot and do many things.” “Tonight we had a soul.”

Seven players scored at least nine points, with Mason Jones scoring nine points in a career.

The Rockets scored 15–1 with 1:46 to go to lead 105–101.

“It’s nothing to do with the defense (or) offense,” Spurs coach Greg Popovich said of the latecomer. β€œIt is in between the ears and is ready to play. And we had four-five people who were out for lunch. “

Brown had a wild, overhead shot land on top of the backboard for an out-of-bound call with 9.5 seconds remaining. Veteran DM De Rorogen of San Antonio missed the remaining 15-footer with 0.4 seconds left, and the Spurs provoked PJ Tucker, who made two free throws to seal it.

In his two-game absence due to personal reasons, De Rozan had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The teams will meet again on Saturday at the AT&T Center at the conclusion of a two-game set in San Antonio.

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