JAMES Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Houston Rockets made 22 3-pointers to beat the Knicks, 117-95, on Monday in New York (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Rockets remained unbeaten and kept the Knicks winless in the preseason.
The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sending him to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.
ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. ... Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. ... Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.
KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. ... Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.
UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday. New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday.