National Basketball Association
Houston 109, Atlanta 102
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 2, 2012
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
#70 Brent Barnaky, #14 Ed Malloy, #65 Sean Wright
Rockets 109, Hawks 102: James Harden continued his sizzling start to the season by scoring a career-high 45 points as visiting Houston spoiled Atlanta's season opener.
Fellow newcomer Jeremy Lin added 21 points and Omer Asik collected 19 rebounds for the Rockets, who overcame a woeful 8-for-30 effort from beyond the arc to subdue the Hawks.
Acquired from Oklahoma City on Saturday, Harden followed his brilliant 37-point season debut by repeatedly exposing Atlanta's defense on 14-for-19 shooting from the field.
The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year snapped a 92-92 tie with a bucket in the paint before getting his own rebound on a missed free throw and converting the easy layup.
Lou Williams had 22 points off the bench in his Atlanta debut and Josh Smith added 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the new-look Hawks.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Harden scored at least 25 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career. ... Houston didn't connect from behind the 3-point line until Harden converted late in the second quarter to give the Rockets a 49-35 lead. ... Houston forward Patrick Patterson scored nine points after sitting out Wednesday's game with a left quad strain.
Top Game Performances
James Harden 45
Louis Williams 22
Jeremy Lin 7
Jeff Teague 7
Omer Asik 19
Josh Smith 10
James Harden 15
||Free Throws Made
Louis Williams 6
Chandler Parsons 3
Louis Williams 3
Omer Asik 1
Josh Smith 3
Team Stats Summary
Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Hawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Houston will play their next game at home against Portland. The Rockets have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.