Houston Rockets guards Chris Paul returned and started on Sunday night against Orlando Maggie after five weeks of absence due to tense left mutilation. 12-5 in 17 games that Paul missed after suffering an injury in the 20th December loss of Miami Heat.
Harden averaged 43.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in this period, which is part of his active 22-series of consecutive appearances of 30 or more points, surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain.
Houston lost all five of the previous games that Paul missed this season.
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Rockets will be cautious with Paul, 33, whose post-season ended prematurely last year due to the hamster's pressure suffered in match 5 of the West Conference finals, carefully managing his minutes for the rest of the regular season. Antoni told reporters Sunday that Paul, whose 33.2 minutes per game is the most from 2014-2015, is likely to be held for one game in each of the rest of Houston's back to back.
Rockets are left without a starting center Clint Capella, which is expected to be removed after an All-Star break after surgery to restore the ligament damage to his right thumb.