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Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from the win over the Magic

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 3: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2018 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 3: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2018 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 3: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2018 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 3: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2018 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Rockets arose victorious in the first game after the Beard went down with an injury.

The Rockets (27-9) won tonight against the Magic (12-27) in Orlando by a score of 116-98. While the game started out slowly, with just 12 combined points in the first 5 minutes, the Rockets managed to still drop 116 points on the lowly Magic.

With James Harden out, the Rockets needed somebody to step up, and Gerald Green did just that. He dropped 27 points to lead the way for Houston. We’ll get more into that here in a little bit.

Chris Paul had an off night on his shooting but still contributed to the game in many ways. He had just 8 points (3-13 shooting) but filled the rest of the stat sheet with 13 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Clint Capela was solid as well, dropping 21 points and 8 rebounds and being the benefactor of many CP3 assists.

The Rockets were dominant from start to finish. Let’s look at a few takeaways from the win over Orlando:

Next: Takeaway No. 1

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