James Harden wrecks the Hawks
Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a 109-102 victory over the Hawks on Friday night.
Harden, traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City on Saturday, topped 30 points for the second time in his first week with his new team.
''He's pretty good, I'd say,'' Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. ''He just kept battling and playing.''
Jeremy Lin, who had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, said Harden makes a ''big time'' difference.