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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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Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det15.2
2 D. Jordan, LAC14.9
3 D. Howard, Cha12.7
4 D. Cousins, NO12.2
5 K. Towns, Min11.8
6t C. Capela, Hou11.0
6t J. Embiid, Phi11.0
8 A. Davis, NO10.6
9 N. Jokic, Den10.6
10 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil10.5
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 M. Turner, Ind2.41
2 K. Durant, GS2.13
3 K. Porzingis, NY2.08
4 A. Davis, NO2.00
5 J. Embiid, Phi1.91
6 C. Capela, Hou1.81
7t J. Henson, Mil1.59
7t B. Lopez, LAL1.59
9 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.52
10 D. Cousins, NO1.50
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