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.
Mavericks rookie Maurice Ndour annoyed Harden by guarding him a bit too aggressively in the second quarter and paid for it when the superstar swished a 3-pointer and yelled “boom” at him.
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.
Star watch: With the majority of the stars on each team sitting out, the star of the night was Harden’s rumored girlfriend Khloe Kardashian taking in the game from a courtside seat. The reality TV star wore an all-black ensemble highlighted by stiletto over-the-knee boots.
Up next: Dallas plays Oklahoma City on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. … Houston meets Orlando on Sunday in Hidalgo, Texas.