James Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a stirring debut for his new team, and Carlos Delfino made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hill, Mich.
Detroit led, 83-72, early in the fourth, but Harden and Delfino brought the Rockets back. Houston acquired Harden Saturday night in a trade with Oklahoma City.
‘‘I think I just wanted to get out there and play,’’ Harden said. ‘‘All the talking and all the craziness that has been happening this last week — I just wanted to go out there and play basketball.’’
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year fell just short of his career high of 40 points, and his 12 assists were a career best. Not bad for a guy still adjusting to new teammates and a new situation.
Harden started only seven games in three seasons in Oklahoma City, as he developed into an indispensable reserve. But he was in the starting lineup Wednesday and looked ready to play a bigger role with Houston.
‘‘I just tried to score and create opportunities,’’ Harden said. ‘‘Carlos Delfino came in hot. I just tried to get my bigs involved. A lot of different guys stepped up, and I think that’s how it’s going to be throughout this entire season.’’
Jeremy Lin, Houston’s other big acquisition, had 12 points and eight assists. Brandon Knight led Detroit with 15 points.
Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106 — Dwight Howard’s 33 points and 14 rebounds were not enough for visiting Los Angeles, which lost to inspired Portland.
Nicolas Batum had 26 points and the Blazers led by as many as 19 in handing the Lakers their second straight loss to open the season. Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, had 22 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut for Portland.
Kobe Bryant had 30 points for the Lakers.
It was apparent for the second night in a row that the Lakers were still getting used to each other. The starters rarely played together during an 0-8 preseason.
The Blazers, who finished 28-38 last season and out of the playoffs, opened their season with eight newcomers on the roster after an offseason rebuilding effort around All-Star Lamarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, and Batum.
Clippers 101, Grizzlies 92 — Jamal Crawford scored 29 points in 30 minutes in his first official game with his new team, and host Los Angeles converted 21 turnovers into 29 points and extended Memphis’s NBA-record streak of opening-night losses to 12.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who had 12 assists, were among six Clippers to score in double figures.
The Grizzlies got 25 points from Rudy Gay and 20 from Marc Gasol.
Spurs 99, Hornets 95 — Tim Duncan scored 24 points, Tony Parker hit a huge 3-pointer, and San Antonio opened the season with a victory in New Orleans in top draft pick Anthony Davis’s pro debut.
Davis scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, a promising start for the player who spent only one season at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to the national title and earning player of the year honors.
Warriors 87, Suns 85 — Carl Landry scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and visiting Golden State overcame an awful night by Stephen Curry (2 of 14, 5 points) to defeat Phoenix.
Bulls 93, Kings 87 — Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and host Chicago beat Sacramento to get off to a good start without star guard Derrick Rose, who is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
76ers 84, Nuggets 75 — Center Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 12 rebounds in leading host Philadelphia over Denver.
Pacers 90, Raptors 88 — George Hill scored the go-ahead basket with two seconds left, completing Indiana’s rally for a season-opening win in Toronto.
Jazz 113, Mavericks 94 — Mo Williams and Marvin Williams each scored 21 points to lead Utah past visiting Dallas.