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BEIJING -- James Harden is quickly getting comfortable running his new coachs 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 Hardens passing. He collected 15 assists in Sundays 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 DAntonis system.Very comfortable, he told reporters afterward. My role really doesnt change. Just got the ball in my hands a little bit more.Houston built a 17-point lead after the first quarter and never relinquished it, though the Pelicans closed to within eight points in the fourth quarter.The Pelicans played most of the game without star Anthony Davis, who suffered what the team called a right ankle sprain in the first quarter. Davis fell to the court holding his ankle after appearing to trip while attempting to drive to the basket against Houstons Nene. After a timeout, he returned to the game briefly before heading to the locker room. Pelicans guard ETwaun Moore also left the game in the first half with a right heel contusion.Ryan Anderson had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 14 points for the Rockets. Montrezl Harrell scored 11 points, blocked two shots and made a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Pelicans bench, after which he turned backward and smiled as he jogged back. Harrell missed his only three-point attempt during his rookie season but shot more threes during Summer League play this year.The Pelicans, meanwhile, missed several shots near the basket and made just 7 of 24 three-pointers.Four players scored in double figures off the bench: Quinn Cook had 20, Langston Galloway had 16 and Dante Cunningham and Cheick Diallo each had 12.Cook added eight assists in 21 minutes.You could see it in practice, Lance Stephenson said of Cook, who went undrafted last year out of Duke. He took what he was doing in practice and turned it into the game.TIP-INSTwo of Chinas basketball luminaries got loud ovations: retired Rockets center Yao Ming, recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Stephon Marbury, the ex-NBA player who has gone onto stardom in the Chinese Basketball Association. 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They racked up a massive 674 for 6 declared, their highest total in Ashes cricket since the Second World War, and England were running out of heroes as their resistance was picked off, man by man, on the final day in Cardiff. Paul Collingwood dug in as best he could with a five-and-three-quarter-hour 74, but England still trailed by six runs when his departure brought the diffident figure of Monty Panesar loping to the crease, his prospects about as realistic as a protocol droid in a blaster duel. And yet, with James Anderson as his wingman in an engrossing 69-ball alliance, England lived to fight another day. It was the beginning of an epic fightback. By the end of the summer, the tables had been turned and the Ashes had been regained.Mushtaq masters Warne - Karachi 1994-95In 1994-95, the National Stadium in Karachi lived up to its reputation as Pakistans citadel when Australias mighty challenge was repelled at the very last gasp to extend the hosts run of 31 matches without defeat at the venue. They had to do it the hard way as well, resisting the mind tricks of the mighty Shane Warne, who bowled almost without change on the final day of the match to haul Australia to the very brink of victory. At 258 for 9, still 56 runs adrift of an unlikely victory target of 314, the battle appeared to be lost for Pakistan as the diminutive Mushtaq Ahmed arrived to support their only hope, Inzamam-ul-Haq. And yet, with pluck and ingenuity, it was Mushtaq who took the lead, breezing his way to 20 not out from 30 balls to make light of a dire situation and set up the heart-stopping moment of glory - a missed stumping off Inzamam that skitted away past Ian Healy for the winning runs.Laxman uses the force - Mohali 2010-11Throughout the first decade of the millennium, Indias top order was populated by a veritable Jedi Council - indisputable masters of the art of batting in Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag … and VVS Laxman, whose record against the strongest foes in crickets universe was second to none. Six of Laxmans 17 Test centuries came against Australia in their pomp, including his incredible 281 at Kolkata in 2000-01. But it was one of his final acts of resistance, at Mohali in 2010-11, that delivered Indias slenderest victory of all time. Laxmans physical powers were on the wane when he arrived at the crease with India in strife at 76 for 5 chasing 216 for victory. He batted with a runner after suffering a back injury, but nothing could impact the ferocity of his wristwork as he flicked and charmed his way to a matchwinning 73 not out. However, he couldnt have won it without support from his lesser team-mates, not least the No. 11, Pragyan Ojha, who survived a raucous lbw shout with six runs still required, before deflecting the winning runs to fine leg off Mitchell Johnson.Morrison the immoveable - Auckland 1996-97Few causes have seemed more lost than the one that New Zealand encountered at Auckland in the opening Test of Englands tour in 1996-97.ddddddddddddOutclassed from the opening exchanges, the hosts had been beaten to the very brink of defeat, and led by just 11 runs in their second innings when Danny Morrison came out as New Zealands last man. The owner of a then-record 24 Test ducks was not expected to hang around for long - he was wearing sunglasses for the occasion and looked, by his own admission, like a blind man carrying a cane - but then, without warning, Englands attacking instincts short-circuited. Morrison blocked and blocked and blocked, amassing 14 runs from 133 deliveries in more than three hours of crease occupation, and Englands captain, Mike Atherton, had no option but to shake hands later that afternoon and write the match off as a draw. Morrisons euphoria, however, was short-lived. Like decommissioned X-wing fighter, he was thrown on the scrapheap, and never played for his country again.Dhoni stands firm - Lords 2007For all that India have grown in recent years to become the dominant power in world cricket, their record outside of Asia took some time to catch up with their excellence in home conditions. When they arrived for their Test tour in 2007, two decades had elapsed since their last victory in England in 1986, and come the final day of the first Test at Lords, that record looked sure to be extended. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not a man who knows when he is beaten. On a dank final day, with the threat of rain adding an extra layer of suspense to Englands quest for wickets, Indias future captain dug in with the tail to haul his side to safety. He finished unbeaten on 76, with only the No.11 Sreesanth still standing by the time the heavens opened to complete the rescue job. It was the stroke of luck they needed to crush their hoodoo. An epic victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge and a high-scoring draw at The Oval secured India a coveted series win that had eluded an entire generation. The birth of the legend - The Oval 1882The original Ashes encounter took place a long, long time ago, but it remains to this day one of the most gripping encounters in any sporting galaxy. Australias colonial upstarts were given little chance of success when they arrived at The Oval, in the heart of imperial London, to play a one-off Test match against a full-strength England line-up. But with Fred The Demon Spofforth leading the line with 14 wickets in the match, they out-fought their supposed superiors in a classic finale that caused one spectator to chew through his umbrella handle and another to drop dead with heart failure. Chasing 85 to win, the match arguably turned on a moment of English skulduggery - when WG Grace ran out Sammy Jones as he left his crease to repair a divot. Australia refused to be beaten after that affront. Sure enough, the Sporting Times responded to their seven-wicket win by publishing mock obituary of English cricket, adding that the body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia. ' ' '

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