But he is expected to come off the bench when the team opens the regular season Wednesday against the Pelicans.
Davis also had 16 rebounds and eight assists and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who led wire-to-wire.
The NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player James Harden flirted with a triple double, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Rockets failed to match New Orleans' season-opening intensity, especially on defence.
Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Atlanta in exchange for guard Dennis Schroder in late July.
Capela has steadily improved in each of his four National Basketball Association seasons and finished with career-bests in points (13.9), rebounds (10.8) and blocks (1.9) while starting a career-high 74 games past year. Personnel changes have paved the way for him to have a team similar to the one that went 20-8 in the last 28 games of the 2017-2018 season. "It is only game one".
NO. Two pointers made up 40.1 percent of the Rockets' makes last season, and 55.2 percent of New Orleans' makes. 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.
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The Astros enter Game 4 against the Red Sox tonight at a 2-1 deficit, while the Rockets tip off their own game against the New Orleans Pelicans. "We executed our game plan to the T. When we play like this we will be tough to beat".
"This is a very unique and special opportunity, for me as an individual", Anthony said.
Coming off the bench for Houston with 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Rockets offseason pickup Carmelo Anthony received a standing ovation, wearing his familiar headband and the No. 7. The stars on this team are better off the ball than Russell Westbrook, so that should help at least a little bit. It is the first game of 82.
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.
"We didn't have the legs, we got exhausted and then started doing things I have never seen us do before".