Stephon Marbury

Rockets sweep Pelicans in China games with 116-104 win

James Harden is quickly getting comfortable running his new coach's offense.

Harden had 14 points and 8 assists in 24 minutes, leading the Houston Rockets to a 116-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in a preseason game Wednesday.

The Rockets beat the Pelicans twice in China behind Harden's passing. He collected 15 assists in Sunday's game in Shanghai. In Beijing, Harden greeted the crowd before the game with "Nin hao!" — Chinese for "hello!" — and looked at ease the rest of the game as the focal point of new coach Mike D'Antoni's system.

"Very comfortable," he told reporters afterward. "My role really doesn't change....