Carmelo has good start with Rockets

By: AP October 03,2018 - 10:15 PM

CARMELO Anthony fit right in and James Harden and Chris Paul picked up right where they left off.

The Houston Rockets’ offense looks like it will keep on rolling.

Anthony scored 13 points in his Rockets debut, Harden and Paul both had at least 20, and Houston beat Memphis 131-115 on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere, LeBron James remained winless with the Lakers and Cleveland won its first game since he left in a five-game night in the NBA.

Anthony started and played 23 minutes in the game in Birmingham, Alabama. He made three 3-pointers and offered a “my bad” to the Houston bench on his other basket, a long 2-pointer. The Rockets’ offense is based on 3s and layups, with the belief that long 2s are bad shots.

Paul picked up the Rockets way quickly last year and started his second season with them with 22 points, nine assists and five steals. Harden had 20 points and six assists, though the league MVP did commit eight turnovers.

The Denver Nuggets beat the Lakers, 113-111, with LeBron James scoring 13 points in 15 minutes of his Staples Center home debut.
Cleveland, meanwhile, downed the Boston Celtics, 102-95.

Kevin Love scored all 17 of his points in the first half for Cleveland and Collin Sexton started the second half, scoring 11 of his 15 points after the break.

Marcus Smart had 15 points and Marcus Morris scored 14 for Boston.

Other games:

HORNETS 122, HEAT 113

JAZZ 105, RAPTORS 90

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