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Rockets Continue Their Dominance in Back-to-Back, Extend Win Streak to 13

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Rockets Continue Their Dominance in Back-to-Back,

Extend Win Streak to 13

The Rockets have started the 2017-18 season on fire. Houston is currently 24-4 and holds the best record in the NBA. The James Harden-led team just played a tough back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, thrashing the San Antonio Spurs and then defeating the Milwaukee Bucks on the road to extend their win streak to 13 games. Not to mention that point guard Chris Paul just set a win streak record. So let’s recap how the Rockets continue their dominance they displayed during their back-to-back stretch.

Chris Paul Record

Chris Paul played in the Rockets opening game, defeating the Golden State Warriors. But a lingering knee injury forced him to miss the next 14 games. Upon his return, the Rockets started their 13 games win streak when he came back against the Phoenix Suns. In games Paul has played so far, the Rockets are undefeated at 14-0.

Paul sets a new record with 14 straight wins in games he’s played to start a season on a new team, passing Dennis Rodman who did so in his first 13 games with the Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 season. In his first 14 games with Houston, Paul is averaging 17.6 points, 9.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc to help aid Houston as the Rockets continue their dominance.

Rockets vs. Spurs

On Friday night, in their first game of a back-to-back, the Rockets had a tough matchup against San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard just returned from his quad injury that kept him out for the majority of the season. This game was important for Houston, as they can prove themselves as a major threat to Golden State with a convincing victory over Popovich’s Spurs. And they did just that.

Chris Paul had 28 points, 8 assists and 7 steals to lead Houston, who came out firing and never looked back. They took a 31-16 lead into the second quarter. The rest of the game, the Rockets maintained a double-digit lead, and wound up winning by 15, 124-109.

Harden had one of his worst shooting games of the season, going 6-18 from the field. But with the aid of free throws, the MVP candidate was still able to net 28 points and added 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the rout.

Pop knew it was over from the beginning, as only one starter (LaMarcus Aldridge) played 20 minutes or more.

Houston’s defense has played a huge part in their recent dominance, “That’s what’s gonna get us where we wanna go, our defense, we’ve been getting better every single game,” said Harden after the win against San Antonio.

Rockets vs. Bucks

The next night didn’t get much easier for Houston. The young and energetic Bucks came to town as part of a back-to-back. Houston was a little sluggish to start, as Chris Paul had five turnovers in the first half. The two teams were tied at 55 going into the locker room.

Houston went on a 15-4 run to start the third quarter and never lost the lead, as the Rockets defeated Milwaukee 115-111.

Chris Paul and James Harden combined for 56 points and a few big threes to lead Houston.


The Rockets were without starting center Clint Capela, who had a heel bruise, so the bench picked up the slack. Eric Gordon and Nene each scored 16 points off the bench in the win.

“This is one of our best wins of the season to tell you the truth. I think it just showed the fight that our team has and the maturity that we have,” said Paul after the teams win against Milwaukee.

Up Next

Houston looks to continue their dominance when they travel to play the Utah Jazz on Monday.

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