Rockets down Westbrook-less Thunder to spoil preseason debuts of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George
Chris Paul had 11 points and seven assists while Carmelo Anthony scored 19 in their preseason debuts for their new teams. AP

CARMELO Anthony was sharp in his first game with the Thunder, though Chris Paul and the Rockets look like they will be just fine without him.

Houston overcame Anthony's 19 points in just 20 minutes and Paul George's 15, spoiling their Oklahoma City debuts with a 104-97 victory on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Paul had 11 points and seven assists in his Houston debut. The Rockets tried to acquire Anthony after getting Paul, but couldn't work out a deal during their summer-long discussions with the New York Knicks, who instead dealt their leading scorer to Oklahoma City on the eve of training camp.

"Being happy out there on the court again, being excited, being motivated to be out there on the court again, it's back for me," Anthony said. "That feeling is back for me."

But the Rockets, who had one of the NBA's most potent offenses last season, might not need the extra scoring. James Harden had 16 points and 10 assists, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon scored 21 points, and the Rockets made 24 3-pointers . Gordon had six and Trevor Ariza hit five on his way to 18 points.

MVP Russell Westbrook didn't play for Oklahoma City.

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