NBA preseason scores: Rockets again beat Pacers overseasas

Mike Young

The Rockets beat the Pacers in Asia for the second time in four days.

There were four NBA preseason games on Sunday, with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers again doing battle across the Pacific. Let's take a look at the action.

Houston Rockets 107, Indiana Pacers 98: James Harden had 21 points as the Rockets beat the Pacers in Taiwain. Jeremy Lin added 17 point on 6-of-8 shooting in a homecoming of sorts, while Francisco Garcia had 15 off the bench.

Dwight Howard struggled a bit in his third game in a Rockets uniform, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Howard turned the ball over four times and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Houston dominated play in the first half, grabbing an eight-point lead after one quarter and pushing that out to 15 points at the break. Indiana made it a game in the third quarter and cut their deficit to two in the fourth quarter, but then things got out of hand.

Paul George led the Pacers with 19 points. Danny Granger showed some signs of life, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds off the bench.

New Orleans Pelicans 105, Atlanta Hawks 73: Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pelicans past the Hawks in a rout. Ryan Anderson chipped in 20 points.

New Orleans had their offense rolling all night, as they hit 56.0 percent of their shots. The Pelicans also dominated the boards, winning the rebounding battle by comfortable 44-28 margin.

New Orleans jumped out to a big lead early, building up a 16-point cushion after one quarter. The Hawks settled things down in the second quarter, but the Pelicans blew the game wide open in the second half.

Al Horford had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead Atlanta. Paul Millsap was the only other Hawk in double figures scoring with 13 points.

Phoenix Suns 106, San Antonio Spurs 99: Gerald Green scored 19 points as the rebuilding Suns beat the defending Western Conference champs. Dionte Christmas and P.J. Tucker both had 14 points off the bench.

The game was tight throughout, with both teams racking up a ton of points in the first half. The scoring slowed down in the third quarter, and the Suns took a two-point lead into the final frame before opening the game up a little in the fourth.

Tim Duncan was one of six Spurs in double figures scoring with 12 points. Tony Parker had 11 points, while Corey Maggette had 10, knocking down 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

Memphis Grizzlies 116, Maccabi Haifa 70: Tony Allen was one of seven Grizzlies to score in double figures with 19 points as Memphis blew out Israel's Maccabi Haifa at home.

Marc Gasol added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the victory. Memphis shot 59.7 percent from the field and nabbed 56 rebounds to just 26 for Maccabi Haifa.

Memphis had the game in the bag from the start, running out to a 28-14 lead after one quarter. The Grizzlies pushed their lead out to 19 points at halftime and cruised to the win in the second half.

David Cubillan had 17 points in the losing effort. Maccabi Haifa shot just 32.5 percent from the field.

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