The Houston Rockets beat the San Antonio Spurs to win their 12th consecutive game behind a big night from Chris Paul.
The Houston Rockets schedule has gotten a bit stiffer in recent games, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning by double-digits night after night.
The Rockets defeated the Spurs 124-109 on Friday night, and it was a dominating performance from start to finish.
Houston got out to an early 31-16 lead behind 10 points from James Harden in the opening period. Then in the second quarter, Houston led by as much as 57-32. By the third period, the Rockets pushed their lead out to 26 points and San Antonio was never able to get seriously close again.
There were a lot of players that played well for Houston, but the game ball goes to Chris Paul in this one. CP3 stuffed the stat sheet with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals on 5-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line. The Rockets also outscored San Antonio by a team-high 29 points while Paul was on the floor.
Paul’s fanciest play of the night came at the beginning of the third quarter. Paul got an outlet pass in transition, and he dribbled the ball between his legs with his right hand, caught the ball with his right hand and dropped a dime to Clint Capela.
Later in the third period, an iron-hot Paul gave the Rockets four points on one possession.
He's unstoppable! pic.twitter.com/JPNkGRzeAW
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 16, 2017
James Harden had another off shooting night, but he still came up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The Beard put in work at the free throw line, as he made 14 of his 16 attempts at the charity stripe, with 10 of those coming in the first quarter.
Clint Capela also came up big for Houston, as he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, which helped him improve on his league leading field goal percentage. As always, Capela benefitted from having Harden and Paul on the floor, as easy layups and alley-oops were plentiful.
In the end, six players on the Rockets scored in double figures, including all five of the starters. San Antonio was one of Houston’s biggest tests of the season, but the Rockets showed just how much progress they’ve made.
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With 12 consecutive wins, the Rockets still own the NBA’s longest winning streak, and they’re 13-0 in games with Chris Paul. The trade for Paul is looking like a better and better decision in each passing game.