Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/25

Game 1: Friday, October 25th

Rockets 92

(6-1, 3-0 away)

Grizzlies 73

(4-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CSN Houston

8:00 PM ET, October 25, 2013

FedExForum, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 30 18 23 2192
MEM 10 22 17 2473

Top Performers

Houston: D. Motiejunas 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

Memphis: M. Gasol 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Blk

Harden hurt in Rockets rout of Memphis

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Houston Rockets guard James Harden was listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday night's preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a right knee bruise.

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said after Houston's 92-73 victory that his star guard bumped knees with Memphis' Quincy Pondexter in the first quarter. Harden did not return after the injury.

"He iced it, and stuff, and we'll see how he feels (Saturday)," McHale said indicating that he didn't think the injury was serious.

Harden, who entered the game as the team's leading scorer in the preseason with a 20.8 average, connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:35 left in the first quarter and went down to the court in front of the Rockets bench when he was fouled by Pondexter.

Harden eventually got up, made the ensuing free throw and went straight to the locker room at the next stoppage of play.

Harden finished with six points and four rebounds in his 7-plus minutes before the injury.

Omri Casspi scored 11 points, Donatas Motiejunas finished with 10 for Houston.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 17 points, but connected on only 4 of 13 shots.

The game was a bit chippy at times with Gasol and the Rockets Dwight Howard earning double technicals in the first half, and Memphis forward Ed Davis drawing an ejection with a flagrant foul in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 92 73
FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 22-69 (.319)
3PM-3PA 4-25 (.160) 2-15 (.133)
FTM-FTA 16-27 (.593) 27-40 (.675)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-56 13-44
Assists 17 13
Turnovers 18 21
Steals 12 8
Blocks 5 4
Fast Break Points 8 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (2/0) 25 (1/1)

Top Performers

Donatas Motiejunas Motiejunas
Points: 10
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Marc Gasol Gasol
Points: 17
Reb: 8
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 2

Research Notes

These two teams begin the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Houston faces Charlotte at home and brings a 5-game winning streak against the Bobcats into that matchup. Memphis opens up at San Antonio in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals, a 4-0 sweep for the Spurs.

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