Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Coming Off The Bench "Challenging Mentally"

Houston Rockets ahead Carmelo Anthony began final night time's recreation on the bench, marking the primary time in his 1,054 NBA video games that he was not on the ground for the opening tip. Anthony was on the court docket for 27 minutes within the season-opener in opposition to New Orleans, however he completed with simply 9 factors on three-of-nine capturing because the Pelicans ran away with a 131-112 victory in Houston.

After the sport, Melo described coming off the bench as "difficult mentally." 

While the Rockets struggled of their home-opener, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have been firing on all cylinders. All 5 Pelicans starters scored in double-figures together with AD, who led all scorers with 32 factors along with 16 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and three steals. 

The Rockets shall be featured in one other nationally televised recreation on Saturday night time as they head to Staples Center for LeBron James' residence debut with the Lakers. That recreation will air on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.