Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - James Harden made sure his debut with the Houston Rockets would be one to remember.
The newly acquired guard posted a game-high 37 points and 12 assists to lead the new-look Rockets to a 105-96 win over the Detroit Pistons in the regular season opener for both teams.
Harden, who was dealt to the Rockets in a multi-player deal on Saturday, also had six rebound, four steals and knocked down 4-of-10 3-pointers.
Harden's new backcourt mate, Jeremy Lin, had 12 points and 8 assists while Carlos Delfino added 15 points and seven boards off the bench for Houston, which has beaten the Pistons in seven of its last eight matchups.
Brandon Knight paced Detroit with 15 points and Greg Monroe added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who look to bounce back from a woeful 25-41 finish last season.
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