Carmelo Anthony not in Rockets' starting lineup on Wednesday

Carmelo Anthony: Rockets bench role challenging mentally

Carmelo Anthony not in Rockets' starting lineup on Wednesday

Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony started last night's game on the bench, marking the first time in his 1,054 National Basketball Association games that he was not on the floor for the opening tip.

Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points.

As a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, Anthony balked at the notion of coming off the bench and stood by that stance in his exit interview. New starting point guard Elfrid Payton posted a generic triple-double (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) in his Pelicans debut.

NO. Davis has an bad lot of competition, though it does help that Chris Paul usually gets an early hook in the first quarter. They led 35-29 at the end of the first quarter and 71-64 at halftime. Julius Randle wasn't far behind, at 25.0 percent. While those were some fine pieces the Pelicans picked up, this season will hinge on the play of Davis and Jrue Holiday, who mauled the Portland Trail Blazers in their surprise first-round sweep of the Blazers. "We executed our game plan to the T. When we play like this we will be tough to beat". Being lightyears ahead of the rest of the league, they'll manage to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to swap Durant for star big man Anthony Davis under one condition: the Warriors have to take back coach Alvin Gentry.

Reserve Anthony, who bristled in the past about the idea of having to come off the bench, finished with nine points in 27 minutes of playing time. "We appreciate him doing it and trying to help us win a championship".

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In his maiden outing for the Rockets, Anthony did not start for the first time in his National Basketball Association career and scored nine points off three-of-10 shooting, including one-of-five from three-point range.

Fans watch the action in the first half of the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

They took the National Basketball Association by storm and many consider them a legitimate threat this year to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

"For all you analytics guys, we're not winning 82 (games) this year. We've got to get our legs and then go after it".

"Throughout the playoffs we started clicking more, finding little plays that teams that have been together a while already had that synergy", Paul said.

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