Sunday night marked the long awaited return of veteran point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets lineup, and, perhaps for the long-term greater good, an impending end to the astronomical play of reigning NBA most valuable player James Harden.

While Paul’s minutes were limited (a just precaution considering his considerable injury history), the end of his five-week absence due to a strained hamstring allows the Rockets, who have been remarkably good with Paul gone for the 17 games prior to Sunday (and standout center Clint Capela out for six of those games), to not lean so heavily on Harden, who has been herculean during that stretch.

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