Harden, Paul, and Capela all go off, leading Rockets to 5th straight win


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The Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 135-103 on Wednesday. The win was the fourth in a row for Houston, who maintain their third place position in the Western Conference. Three of the Rockets stars all had big games against the Clips. James Harden had 31 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists; Chris Paul had 29 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 24 points with his 15 rebounds.

The Rockets have continued to remain at the upper end of the West this season, avoiding the clutter that exists from fifth to eighth place, with four teams fighting for positioning. Much of this success has to do with James Harden, who has proven that is deserving of back-to-back MVP awards. Harden has scored at a ridiculous rate this season, averaging 36.4, leading the league by 8.4 points per game. Harden has gotten the job done on the defensive end of the court as well, and is second in the NBA in steals, nabbing 2.08 steals per game.

Harden is not the only Rocket that is producing this season. Clint Capela is putting together the best season of his young career. The big man has had 15+ rebounds in five of his last seven games, and has been the perfect one-two punch with Harden. Capela offers a dangerous slasher in a pick-and-roll that he and Harden have mastered.

The Rockets are looking dangerous heading into the postseason. Houston has won eight of their last 10 games, and are projected to finish their regular season strong. The Rockets have two winnable games up next, with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns on the schedule before closing the regular season against the Thunder. Expect a strong postseason run from Harden and the Rockets this Spring.

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