Rockets beat Pacers 116-96 in Manila
MANILA, Philippines (AP)
Omri Casspi added 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Houston, while Paul George led the Pacers with 17 points. Dwight Howard was held to nine points in his second game for the Rockets after struggling with foul trouble.
NBA Commissioner David Stern says the basketball-obsessed Philippines are an ideal host for NBA preseason games. He says the league may go to other Southeast Asian countries.
He calls Filipinos ''rabid fans in a wonderful way.''
The teams will play again on Sunday in Taiwan, the ancestral home of Rockets guard Jeremy Lin.