Chris Paul says first game alongside James Harden ‘felt natural’

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TULSA, Okla. — A fresh era officially started for three of the NBA’s stars on Tuesday night at Tulsa’s BOK Center, as Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Chris Paul made their preseason debuts for their new teams following offseason trades.

Those three were the headliners in the Houston Rockets’ 104-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Paul had an 11-point, seven-assist, no-turnover performance in his first NBA game action with co-star James Harden. Anthony (19 points) and George (15 points) will have to wait to play with reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook, who sat out as he recovers from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee.

The Rockets, who played their regular rotation — save for resting reserve center Nene Hilario — through the third quarter, scored 90 points in

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