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Rockets beat Bucks for 13th straight win

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(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- The adversity that championship contenders annually overcome found the Rockets on Saturday night when two missing rotation players, plus a hobbled All-NBA guard, exacerbated the challenge of playing the second game of a back-to-back following a key win.

James Harden disregarded right knee discomfort while Chris Paul found his shot in the second half to finish with a game-high 31 points as Houston extended its NBA-leading winning streak to 13 games with a gritty 115-111 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center.

Paul had only two points on 0-of-5 shooting before the intermission but opened the second half by drilling three consecutive 3-pointers. He was just as lethal down the stretch, going 4-for-5 in the fourth quarter and nailing back-to-back mid-range jumpers to lift Houston (24-4) to a 111-104 lead with 33.7 seconds left. Paul missed one shot after the break and had 25 points.

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Points Per Game
Rank Name PPG
1 J. Harden, Hou31.5
2 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil29.8
3 L. James, Cle28.1
4 S. Curry, GS26.3
5 D. Cousins, NO26.2
6 K. Durant, GS26.1
7 D. Lillard, Por25.8
8 K. Porzingis, NY25.5
9 A. Davis, NO25.2
10 V. Oladipo, Ind24.4
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Field Goal Percentage
Rank Name FG%
1 C. Capela, Hou.687
2 D. Jordan, LAC.653
3 S. Adams, OKC.635
4 E. Kanter, NY.602
5 J. Collins, Atl.597
6 L. James, Cle.579
7 J. Valanciunas, Tor.575
8 A. Davis, NO.569
9 J. Randle, LAL.556
10 D. Favors, Uta.551
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