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2018-19 NBA Preseason: What you need to know from Tuesday night's games (October 9)

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A quiet night of preseason basketball didn't come without its thrills.

The Houston Rockets got the party started with an explosive performance against the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanghai Sharks. Paul George, meanwhile, put on a show against the Milwaukee Bucks, setting the tone in what turned out to be a narrow victory for the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder.

The final game of the night featured a battle between two Western Conference teams hoping to make the playoffs this season in the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.

With that in mind, here's what you need to know from Tuesday night's games...

The Rockets love their 3-pointers

You already know this, but the Rockets took their love for 3-pointers to another level against the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday.

Houston attempted 39 3-pointers in the first half, an insanely high number that would've set an NBA record had they done it in the regular season. James Harden was at the center of it all, scoring 25 points on a heavy dose of triples.

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The Rockets did more of the same in the second half and finished the night with 66 3-point attempts. They made 28 of them.

We should probably expect the Rockets to break the single-season NBA record for 3-point attempts again this season, huh?

Jimmer Fredette got buckets

41 points on 40 shot attempts in 48 minutes of action for Jimmer Fredette, who now plays for the Shanghai Sharks following stints with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks in the NBA.

That's a lot of points on a lot of shots in a lot of minutes.

Paul George dominated in his limited time

Paul George looked like a $137 million man in the first half of the Thunder's game against the Bucks, scoring 26 points in only 18 minutes.

19 of those points came in the first quarter alone, and two more came in the form of a buzzer-beater heading into half time.

The Thunder are going to need much more of that from George this season considering they could be without Russell Westbrook for some time after he underwent a procedure on his knee this summer.

Tim Frazier has ice in his veins

The Thunder held a three-point lead in the closing seconds of regulation.

Then Tim Frazier took matters into his own hands.

Frazier hit another big shot in overtime, but it wasn't enough for the Bucks to sneak out of Oklahoma City with the win.

Boban Marjanovic could steal Clippers starting role

Yes it's only the pre-season and the Nuggets bench unit played the majority of the minutes, but the Clippers wouldn't be amiss to insert Boban into their starting lineup.

The 7'3" big man from Serbia showed just how disruptive he can be on both ends of the floor.

In only 14 minutes of playing time he finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

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