Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer
In the Rockets season opener, James Harden took a measured approach to start the game before picking up the pace. In the first half, the Rockets had a pace of 106.68 per 48 minutes. Houston's second half pace slowed down to 99.82. In the loss to the Lakers, the Rockets scored just 18 fourth quarter points.
"That's him feeling the game, he has to read the game," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I know what I would do as a point guard but he has to have his own pace and own rhythm and how he feels. We talked about it a lot and watch film, our offense right now is pretty good. It can get a lot better (and) he does a great job of running it."