Rockets top Pelicans 116-104 in China
Houston fans have James Harden to thank for leading the Rockets to a 116-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Harden had 14 points and eight assists in the preseason game, which took place in Beijing. Ever the crowd-pleaser, he greeted fans by saying “Nin hao!” (Chinese for “hello”) before the game. He told reporters afterward that he was very comfortable the whole game. “My role really doesn’t change. Just got the ball in my hands a little bit more.”
Even without star Anthony Davis, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter, the Pelicans managed to come back to within eight points near the end of the game. The Rockets kept control, though.
This was the second time the Rockets have beaten the Pelicans in China, both led by Harden. Sunday’s game took place in Shanghai, and Harden had 15 assists.
Retired Rockets center Yao Ming, who was recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, received a standing ovation at Wednesday’s game, as did ex-NBA player and current Chinese Basketball Association player Stephon Marbury.
Brown apologizes for graffiti
Bobby Brown drew heavy criticism after he wrote his name and number on the Great Wall of China. The Rocket posted photos of his work online, writing “Had a blast at the Great Wall of China today.”
Heavy backlash from the Chinese led to Brown deleting his post and issuing a formal apology:
“We were out enjoying the Great Wall. I never been, it was my first time. I wrote my name on the wall in chalk. I saw different writings – I didn’t mean any harm by it. I made a mistake. I could have just put my hand over it and erased it. It will never happen again. I’ve been playing in China for three years now and I have the utmost respect for the Chinese culture, and the way of living here. I pretty much adapted, coming from the states, here for three years. My teammates, the fans in Shenzhen and the fans all over were great to me, and I just want to sincerely apologize for that.”
The Rockets host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday at 7 p.m.