MANILA -- The Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers put on a show for Filipino fans Thursday in the first NBA preseason game in the Philippines held at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Houston won the game, 116-96, with James Harden scoring a game-high 21 points and Jeremy Lin adding 14 points.
But the game was truly a treat for the nearly 13,000 fans in attendance, who loudly cheered every time Lin or Harden or Chandler Parsons or Indiana's Paul George drove to the hoop.
A section of the crowd even booed Houston's Dwight Howard as he shot free throws, and cheered when he was called for an offensive foul.
Several stars were spotted in the event, including actress KC Concepcion, who has been linked to Houston's Parsons and went out to dinner with the NBA star earlier this week.
UAAP's hoop brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng also attended the highly-anticipated event ahead of their do-or-die Game 3 in the Season 76 Finals this Saturday.