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Paul, Harden help Houston bounce Nuggets

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Those anxiously awaiting the moment where Rockets guard Chris Paul struggles to acclimate with his new teammates might want to eschew holding their breath in the interim.

Paul, making his home debut in his fourth game, and his backcourt mate James Harden paced a dazzling first-half blitz before Trevor Ariza stifled a Denver Nuggets rally in the third quarter as the Houston Rockets rolled to a 125-95 victory on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Harden and Paul combined for 44 points and 21 assists, producing 34 points on 10-for-15 shooting prior to intermission as the Rockets (14-4) raced to a 35-point halftime lead. When Will Barton (20 points) and Nikola Jokic (17 points) helped Denver (10-8) cut the deficit to 81-60 midway through the third, Ariza responded with 11 consecutive points to re-establish control.

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Leaders
Points: James Harden31.1
Rebounds: Clint Capela11.3
Assists: James Harden9.8
FG%: Clint Capela67.5%
Steals: Chris Paul2.25
Blocks: Clint Capela1.72
Defense (Rank)
Points: 103.5 (10)
Rebounds: 40.9 (2)
Assists: 22.5 (17)
FG%: 45.5% (14)
FT%: 75.5% (11)
3P%: 37.3% (20)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 113.3 (2)
Rebounds: 44.9 (13)
Assists: 22.4 (14)
FG%: 46.2% (13)
FT%: 81.5% (4)
3P%: 35.7% (17)
Standings
Southwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Houston 14 4 .778 --
San Antonio 11 7 .611 3.0
New Orleans 10 8 .556 4.0
Memphis 7 10 .412 6.5
Dallas 4 15 .211 10.5
Full Standings
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/28/2017 Isaiah Canaan Waived
10/25/2017 Isaiah Canaan Signed as Free Agent
10/24/2017 Briante Weber Signed as Free Agent Two Way Contract
10/16/2017 Cameron Oliver Waived
10/13/2017 George de Paula Waived
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Injuries
Date Player Status
11/22/2017 Eric Gordon Sore calf
11/20/2017 Ryan Anderson Illness
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