The Houston Rockets hailed the return of James Harden with a 112-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in a preseason game played at Toyota Center.
The 31-year-old stepped onto the pitch in a meeting for the first time since the start of hostilities on the Silver Tour pre-season schedule.
Harden had shown up late for his club’s training camp. Many say the playmaker wants to be traded.
In the clash against Spurs, Harden was used over 21 minutes. He had 12 points, three rebounds and four assists.
John Wall and Ben McLemore were the best scorers for the winners, who scored 15 points each.
For the Spurs, Lonnie Walker scored 17 points, managed a rebound and provided an assist.
The two teams will meet again Thursday evening, in the same place, for another preparatory confrontation.
Shake Milton stands out
At Wells Fargo Center, Shake Milton led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-99 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The third-year player posted a performance of 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. He was seconded by Joel Embiid, who had 18 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Tobias Harris also stood out in the win with nine rebounds.
At the Celtics, newcomer Jeff Teague took charge of the show. The one who signed a one-year deal with the Massachusetts club last offseason scored 18 points in 19 minutes of play.
It was the first preparatory duel for the two teams. On Friday, the 76ers face the Indiana Pacers, while the Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets.