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The Houston Rockets start preseason with impressive win over Yao Ming's franchise

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The Houston Rockets opened up their preseason programme with a rather routine win over the Shanghai Sharks at the Toyota Center.

This game had a special significance as the Sharks are owned by Rockets legend and now Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member, Yao Ming.

There was plenty of NBA experience in the Chinese team's ranks with center Wu Guanxi, who played for the Rockets in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, Guerschon Yabusele, who was the 16th overall pick by Boston in the 2016 NBA Draft, and Jimmer Fredette, who was the 10th overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Fredette would score over a third of the Sharks' points with 33 on the night, but the overall power of the Rockets proved too strong as they came away with a 131-94 win.

James Harden produced 16 points and 10 assists from 28 minutes of action and he led the way for the Rockets.

Clint Capela also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Nene, Ryan Anderson and KJ McDaniels all weighed in with 12 points apiece.

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Patrick Beverley
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Yao Ming
Trevor Ariza
Clint Capela
James Harden

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