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Noah Graham / Getty Images Chris Paul had 23 points and 17 help as the Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors 118-112 on Saturday Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Houston was without the MVP candidate James Harden, who sat with a cervical strain . Warriors forward Draymond Green had to leave early in the fourth quarter after suffering a left foot guide . Eric Gordon led the rockets with 25 points and Kenneth Faried added a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. Kevin Durant scored 29 points for 42-17 Warriors, who have lost only three of their last 20 games. The 34-25 rockets broke a two-player unloading belt. 19659004] Rockets Can't Make Deep Playoff Run Without Peak Chris Paul In October, Paul told reporters that he couldn't "throw the ball into the sea". A seven-game stretch that ran from October 26 to November 10 was not kind to the Rockets flooring, as he only made 34.9 percent of his shots. He also hit only 36.8 percent of his field goals in December. These games are now distant memories, and the rest of Paul's games are at their year-end. Paul has 46 points, 26 assists, 15 rebounds and three steals in his last two matches. He also wanted the Rockets, who made the match's first 15 points, to win on Saturday despite Vegas Insider, who listed them as 12-point dogs. He shot 7-of-18, but it didn't matter as much as he showed why he could be a serious problem for Warriors or any other…

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Chris Paul had 23 points and 17 help as the Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors 118-112 on Saturday Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Houston was without the MVP candidate James Harden, who sat with a cervical strain . Warriors forward Draymond Green had to leave early in the fourth quarter after suffering a left foot guide .

Eric Gordon led the rockets with 25 points and Kenneth Faried added a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points for 42-17 Warriors, who have lost only three of their last 20 games.

The 34-25 rockets broke a two-player unloading belt. 19659004]

Rockets Can’t Make Deep Playoff Run Without Peak Chris Paul

In October, Paul told reporters that he couldn’t “throw the ball into the sea”. A seven-game stretch that ran from October 26 to November 10 was not kind to the Rockets flooring, as he only made 34.9 percent of his shots. He also hit only 36.8 percent of his field goals in December.

These games are now distant memories, and the rest of Paul’s games are at their year-end.

Paul has 46 points, 26 assists, 15 rebounds and three steals in his last two matches. He also wanted the Rockets, who made the match’s first 15 points, to win on Saturday despite Vegas Insider, who listed them as 12-point dogs.

He shot 7-of-18, but it didn’t matter as much as he showed why he could be a serious problem for Warriors or any other playoff team.

Note: His effort to tread in narrow windows can be unmatched by any NBA player:

He can also put the ball on a string:

Paul had seven points and four assist in the last 8:30 in the game to seal the Rockets & # 39; win.

The rockets need this version of him to make a postseason run. He has already been an invaluable resource for Houston during the late season, with an average of 21.1 points in 45.9 percent shooting beyond 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 2018.

The rockets went 11-4 with Paul on the floor and were leading Warriors three games to two in the Western Conference Finals. However, a strained hamstring forced Paul to miss the last two games against Golden State, and Warriors won both of them on their way to an NBA Finals win.

But with Paul healthy again, the rockets could do another draft.

The slick start line of the golden state is not cause for concern

Early return on the Warrior’s starting line with The DeMarcus cousins ​​ who keep the mount low low have not been good. [19659004] Per Anthony Slater by The Athletic, that group of five was a minus-nine after 130 minutes together. Slater also noted that cousins ​​have been in error problems in nine out of 13 matches.

The latter fact is a bit awkward considering that the cousins ​​have had a minute restriction since returning in mid-January and still have not been played over 30 minutes even with the post-all-star-bounded break. Cousins ​​have also had a negative plus-minus in seven of his 13 games despite the warriors being 11-2 with the big man on the floor this year.

A loss for the hardener rockets at home with the whole start Five intact will not inspire much confidence, but there are some things to consider.

Cousins ​​suffered a ruptured Achilles and were out for almost a full calendar year. It’s not exactly easy to come back, especially for a nine-year veteran. He has only played 13 games and has shown flashes of the All-Star and Olympic gold medals that dominated many years ago.

Also cousins ​​and his teammates need time to develop their chemistry. There is no magic wand that directly forms the starting unit in the best version of itself immediately.

They are also in the driver’s seat of the Western Conference, 1.5 games before the Denver Nuggets for the No 1 seed. Playoffs do not start for another month and a half, so there is plenty of time to start five to coincide.

What’s next?

Both teams play next on Monday. The rockets will host the Atlanta Hawks, and the Warriors will begin a four-game Eastern Conference Road trip towards the Charlotte Hornets.

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