Houston Rocket's guard, Chris Paul, returned and launched against Orlando Magic on Sunday night after a five-week absence over a strained left Achilles tendon.
The Rockets, ruled by MVP James Harden, made it 12-5 in the 17 games Paul had missed since losing the injury in a December 20 defeat by the Miami Heat.
Harden scored an average of 43.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in this span, which was part of his active 22nd In a row of over 30 consecutive appearances with over 30 points, a run was surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain ,
Houston had lost all five previous games that Paul had missed this season.
The signing of the Guard Austin Rivers had also been critical to the running of the missiles despite Paul's absence. Rivers scored an average of 11.3 points and 3.8 assists in 37.3 minutes per game since his Houston debut on Christmas Day. Rivers will come from the bank and spell out Paul, whose minutes, according to coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni, will be limited to the mid-20s.
The missiles will be cautious with the 33-year-old Paul, who ended prematurely last year due to a hamstring strain that has occurred in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, passing his protocols to the rest of the regular ones Season carefully managed. D & # 39; Antoni told reporters on Sunday that Paul, whose 33.2 minutes per game are highest since 2014-15, is likely to be held in each of Houston's back-to-back for one match each.
The missiles remain without starting point Clint Capela, who is expected to be set aside after an All-Star break after an operation to repair ligament damage in his right thumb.