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Houston Rockets power duo headlines player grades against Thunder

Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook
(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets were able to get their second consecutive win of the season in an emotional game, as Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul each faced off against their former teams for the first time.

The Houston Rockets hosted former Rockets favorite Chris Paul on Monday for the first time since trading him away to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets gave CP3 a tribute video before tipoff, which is unsurprising as he was a valuable contributor to the Rockets in each of his two years in Houston.

The Rockets started the game sluggish, as they were outscored 35-22 in the first quarter. Houston, however, was able to rally back in the second quarter to outscore the Thunder 30-27, cutting their deficit to 10 at the half.

The third quarter is when the Rockets ran away from Chris Paul and the Thunder, as they put up 39 points to just 18 for OKC. Despite all of the back and forth game swings, the Rockets were able to pull the victory out with a score of 116-112.

The Rockets’ outside shooting still wasn’t where they’d like it to be, as they shot a measly 22.7 percent from deep. That said, anyone who has watched the Rockets under Mike D’Antoni should know better than to worry too much about the offense.

The Rockets’ victory came down to the greatness and contributions of their superstars Russell Westbrook and James Harden, as they showcased a classic Batman and Robin duo that every Rockets fan has been wanting to see.

Harden and Westbrook combined for 61 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds and were each unstoppable, especially in the second half of the game. In fact, their combined 16 assists were nearly just as much as the 22 assists the Thunder had as a team.

Here is a breakdown of how every Rocket performed on Monday night.

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