HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 19 points and five assists in the first half and the Houston Rockets went on to a 109-82 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Harden and Patrick Beverley, who made four 3-pointers, were Houston's only two regulars in the starting lineup one night after the Rockets (1-1) started all their top players in their preseason opener at Memphis.
John Jenkins had 19 points for Dallas (0-2), while J.J. Barea had 14 points and Charlie Villanueva added 10 points and six rebounds.
Corey Brewer had 16 points for the Rockets and K.J. McDaniels added 13.