MOA Arena, Philippines -The game started with Houston Rockerts blitzing with a 12-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game. Paul George got hot put Indiana within striking distance at 29-21. CJ Watson trimmed down the lead to 5 with a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the opening period. Houston had the final possession of the first quarter with James Harden drawing a foul with 1 second left. He made made 2 out of 2 to end the period at 31-24. Harden has been consistent in his ability to draw fouls and get to the line for his points.
Solomon Hill misses the first attempt in the second period.
10:31 Watson hits another three point shot. 33-27
10:12 Donatas Motiejunas then Luis Scola answers in the other end. 35-29
9:28 Danny Granger makes as shot off a Watson pass. 35-31
9:00 Aaron Brook makes a nice lay-up and Lin scores after an Indiana miss. 39-31
8:27 Luis Scola And 1 after an offensive rebound. 39-33 Time out. Completes the three[point play. 39-34
7:57 Defensive 3-seconds violation for the Rockets. Granger makes the bonus 39-35
7:45 Scola scores from Granger 39-37
7:33 Brooks scores of an amazing drive plus a foul. 42-37.
7:02 Motiejunas brings the lead back 7. Chris Copeland answers but Motiejunas scores again. 46-39. 11 Fastbreak points for Houston.
6:28 Watson on the line for the Pacers. He makes 2. 46-41 Houston
6:10 Lin another inside incursion. 48-41 Houston
5:57 Omri Casspi scores the free throw line 49-41
5:37 Lance Stevenson on the line after a foul. Both teams on penalty. 49-43.
5:04 David West scores from the inside but missed the bonus free throw. 49-45 Houston
4:16 Patrick Beverley makes 2 FTs 51-45 Houston
3:51 Chandler Parson makes a three. George misses a bonus FT for delay of game. 54-45
3:25 George and Parsons trade baskets. 56-47
Crowd enjoying the entertainment off the time out. The mascots are stealing the show. Delay in the game due to clock malfunction. Clutch and Boomer having fun. Problem with the scorers table.
George scores 56-49 to cut the lead to 7.
1:47 Jeremy Lin fouled by Stevenson. He goes 2 of 2. 58-49
1:14 Granger scores off a Houston turnover. He makes the bonus. 58-52.
1:00 Harden cleverly draws another foul. He is in the FT line again. He hits 1 of 2. 59-52.
0:47 Stevensons muscles his way for a drive and a foul. He misses the free throw. 59-54.
0:32 Harden again at the line after drawing a foul from West. He makes both Fts. 61-54
0:20 Watson makes a FT. 61-55
0:00 Harden misses three pointer to end the half.
After starting slow, the Indiana Pacers bench somehow gained headway to make the game closer. Harden is showing why he lead the league in FT attempts as he continues to draw falls that lead free throws. Both teams have the potential to go deep in next year’s playoffs. On paper the Pacers have a better talent than last year’s Eastern Conference finalists while Houston just got more dangerous with the addition of Dwight Howard.
10:42 Harden draws the 4th foul from Hill. He is on the line again. He just hit 1 of 2. 62-55 Houston.
10:20 Terrence Jones rewarded for his defensive effort with a dunk. 64-55.
10:00 Parsons scores off another Indiana Pacers turnover. 66-55
9:10 West finally scores for Indiana 66-57.
8:46 George reduces the lead to 7. 66-59.
8:00 West scored again but Harden answer. 68-61 Houston.
7:30 West is waxing hot but Parsons answers as well. 70-63
7:00 Gerorge scores in the perimeter but Harden answers with a score in the paint. 72-65.
5:45 Jones draws a foul off a drive. Missed to FTs but awarded another because lane violation. He makes the third. 73-65.
4:35 Hibbert fouled by Parsons. He makes 2 Fts. 73-67
4:18 Beverley for 3! 76-67
4:04 George scores but misses Ft. 76-69.
3:28 Howard on the line. He goes 1 for 2. 77-69.
3:16 Harden travels again. Pacers ball!
2:38 Parsons scores. Hibbert answers 79-71
1:55 Howard scores against Hibbert and West answers for the PAcers. 81-73
0:48 Harden for three! 84-73
0:33 George scores 84-75
End of Third Quarter Rockets 84 Pacers 75
11:10 Orlando Johnson scores 84-77.
10:14 Johnson again 84-79.
9:40 Ronnie Brewer and 1 from a good Lin outlet. 86-79
8:45 Motiejunas scores 88-79.
8:30 Orlando Johnson draws a foul.
8:00 Scola scores 88-81
7:35 Lin scores off a drive! 90-81
7:12 Lin makes 2 FTs 92-81
6:55 Scola at the line makes 1 of 2 92-82
6:30 Houston gets creative. Casspi scores with a foul. Completes the 3 point play 95-82.
6:16 Granger at the line. He just played 5 games last year. He makes 1 of 2. 95-83
6:14 Scola loose ball foul. Lin at the line. 2 of 2 97-83
5:47 Granger on the line. He makes 2 of 2. 97-85
5:02 5-0 for Houston. 102-85. Biggest lead of the game.
4:40 Indiana answers with 2 FTs. 102-87
4:19 Orlando Johnson on the line. Misses both FTs. 21-31 for Pacers in FT line.
3:45 Motiejunas scores and Johnson answers with a trifecta. 104-90.
3:19 Casspi barrels through and gets rewarded with a 3-point play. 107-90
3:00 Motiejunas hook shot and Casspi burns the Pacers with a 3! 112-90!!
1:58 Hilton Armstrong makes 2 Fts 112-92.
o:56 Motiejunas on the line. 2 of 2. 114-92
0:44 Orlando Johnson scores but Casspi answers 116-94
0:16 Johnson on the line 2 of 2. 116-96
The first ever preseason game between 2 NBA teams in the Philippines ends at 116-96 for the Houston Rockets. Both teams will meet again on Sunday in Taipei.
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