Pacers vs Rockets in preview of NBA pre-season game in Manila


Posted at Mar 23 2013 06:25 PM | Updated as of Mar 24 2013 02:27 AM

MANILA -- The Indiana Pacers will be playing the Houston Rockets next week at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas in a preview of what’s going to happen in Manila in October.

The Pacers, currently at the top of the Central Division, bring with them the smooth chemistry forged between their veterans and talented young players. Indiana has a firm grip on the top spot with a 5-game lead over second place Chicago Bulls.

The Rockets, powered by James “The Beard” Harden and “Linsanity” Jeremy Lin, hope to fight all the way to the end of the regular season to clinch sixth or at least seventh spot in the playoffs.

Harden played with a group of NBA stars in Manila last October 2011. Since then, Harden has played in the 2012 NBA finals (against Miami Heat), won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, and made his first NBA All-Star.

Indiana, which last played in the NBA Finals in 2000 against the Los Angeles Lakers, will show what makes them division contenders again this year.

The Indiana vs Houston game is on March 27 (March 28, 9:00 a.m. Manila Time) and will be available on NBA League Pass.

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In October 2013, the two teams will head to Manila for their pre-season war. The game is set to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 10.

It will be the first time that two NBA teams will play a pre-season game in the Philippines.