Still surprised why Oklahoma City Thunder didn't keep him this season? Guess what? James Harden dropped 37 points and 12 assists in a stellar debut to lift Houston Rockets in a 105-96 drubbing over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Carlos Delfino made a pivotal four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help rally the Rockets for the tough win at the Palace crowd. Delfino added 15 points from the bench while Jeremy Lin had 12 points and eight assists.
The Sixth Man of the Year in 2011 is no more as Harden is now the leading playmaker of Houston's starting lineup. Acquired on a Saturday trade with Oklahoma, Harden agreed Wednesday on a five-year, $80 million contract extension that proved to be a wise move for the Rockets. Harden tweet later he signed, I just want to thank God for every thing he has done in my life. I really am a believer!!!!!!!!!!!!
''I think I just wanted to get out there and play,'' Harden said. ''All the talking and all the craziness that has been happening this last week - I just wanted to go out there and play basketball.'' Detroit led by nine points 81-72 at the end of three quarters but Houston launched a rally in the final fourth quarter by out scoring then 33 to 15.
Harden and Lin exchanging feed each other that given in a little amount of time, could be lethal 1-2 punch than the Harden/Westbrook combination. Check the Houston Rockets vs Detroit Pistons video highlights above.
Skip Bayless of ESPN tweets, @RealSkipBayless Harden opens w/ 37 pts, 12 assts. STAR. Still can't believe OKC didn't keep him this season, then sign/trade or amnesty Perk, pay lux tax.