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Rockets vs. Suns recap: The return of Ryan Anderson

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12: Ryan Anderson #33 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 12, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12: Ryan Anderson #33 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 12, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Rockets are now winners of 3 in a row after a blowout of the Suns.

The Houston Rockets (30-11) earned their 30th victory of the season tonight as they defeated the Phoenix Suns (16-28).

It was a dominating performance from the Rockets all around as they held the Suns under 100 points to grab a 112-95 victory. Houston also continued to score an incredible amount of points even without the help of James Harden.

Key Stats

Chris Paul: 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers

Ryan Anderson: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4/7 from 3

Trevor Ariza: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4/8 from 3

How the Rockets won

The Rockets were on fire on both ends of the court. On defense, they forced 19 turnovers and capitalized on them. On offense, they hit 15 shots from deep, with everyone in the starting lineup but Clint Capela hitting at least 2.

The return on Ryan Anderson was magnificent. He was a spark all night for the team as he (hopefully) broke out of his slump to play a huge role in the win.

Oh yeah, and he flat-out POSTERIZED Alex Len:

Alex Len, welcome to your Kodak moment! Ryan Anderson babyyy ???? #Rockets https://t.co/TMpAS0sIiB

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) January 13, 2018

No, that video was not 2K18. That was Ryan Anderson. The real one. I promise.

Hopefully, this starts an upward trend for Ryno. His play will be desperately needed for the Rockets before and after Harden returns. He also played 39 minutes since he was the backup center.

Chris Paul was his usual self, hitting big shot after big shot to extend the lead of the Rockets. He finished with 25 points and was able to just play 27 minutes tonight.

Gerald Green had one of his worst games yet as a Rocket. Thankfully, he wasn’t needed very much tonight. He shot just 1-9 from deep but still managed to find other ways to contribute on the court, finishing with a plus-minus of +14.

Clint Capela was also great. He finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds in the win. He also showed off some post moves that, if developed further, could really turn Clint into a star.

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