New-Look Rockets Impress Without James Harden in First Preseason Game

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The Houston Rockets were without franchise cornerstone James Harden last night but that didn’t stop them from impressing in a 125-104 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Last night’s preseason game marked the first official game action for former all-stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in Rockets uniforms.

Wall led the way with 13 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in 19 minutes of play.

Cousins added 14 points and 5 rebounds in only 15 minutes of play.

It remains unknown when Harden will return to practice.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that Harden would need to test negative for COVID-19 six times before being allowed to join the team.

The Rockets are scheduled to begin their regular season on Wednesday 12/23 against the Oklahoma City Thunder – so if Harden hopes to play against his former team on opening night, he’ll have to get back into game-shape quickly.

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