James Harden had a triple-double with 10 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds in just more than a half as the Houston Rockets opened the NBA preseason with a 140-71 win over the Shanghai Sharks on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook, who was acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City this summer, did not play. The Rockets are taking things slow with Westbrook this preseason after he spent most of the offseason recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in May.
Clint Capela had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who played most of their starters for a good chunk of the first half as they built a 77-34 lead. Gerald Green added 21 points and made five 3-pointers on a night Houston finished with 23.
Former Rocket Donatas Motiejunas had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sharks and James Nunnally, who briefly played for Houston last season, added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Houston now departs for a trip to play the Los Angeles Clippers in Hawaii on Friday followed by two games against the Toronto Raptors in Tokyo on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10.
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