Before James Harden could make his triumphant Oklahoma City return on Wednesday night, he and the Houston Rockets had to take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. And despite all of their noted recent struggles, no matter what your opinion of the new-look Rockets is, there was and is no denying that they are a much better team than the Raptors this year. They ultimately reaffirmed that point with a huge 117-101 victory.
Harden led the way for Houston with 24 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Patrick Patterson chipped in 22 points on seven-of-14 shooting. Jeremy Lin had 16 points (seven-of-nine from the field) and 10 assists. All in all, every member of the starting five finished with at least 13 points.
Andrea Bargnani led all Raptors scorers with 21 points on eight-of-12 shooting.
Check out the highlights from this one in the video below.