6. Chris Paul scores a playoff career-high 41 points
Despite only having a season with the team under his belt, Chris Paul has already managed to make his mark on the postseason with the Rockets. Paul has managed to bring some of his playoff magic from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Rockets, showing that when he’s healthy, he’s a productive player.
With the Rockets leading 3-1 in their 2018 Western Conference Semifinals series against the Utah Jazz and Game 5 at home, Paul knew he had to put on a show and that he did. After leading at halftime, Houston’s conservative game plan allowed the Jazz to stage a comeback in the third quarter.
Utah came back from an eight-point deficit to lead 78-75 entering the fourth quarter. That’s when Paul took over. He poured in 20 of his playoff career-high 41 points in the final quarter to the tune of 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point land to stage the comeback. He finished with 41 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in total.
Paul’s previous career-high was below the 40-point plateau at 35 points with the Clippers. It’s a mark he set back in the 2013 postseason. His new high shows there’s still more left in the tank, despite the change of scenery.
Houston won 112-102 and moved on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2015 when Harden had done it alone. Paul’s arrival signaled a newfound success in the postseason, though it was short-lived in the Western Conference Finals. They’ll be back, though. Hopefully they’ll push the Golden State Warriors to the brink once again.