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Houston, We Have Lift-Off: A Breakdown Of The Rockets’ Pick-And-Roll

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Out of the 30 teams in the Association, less than a handful run the pick-and-roll as well as the Houston Rockets do. A lot of that has to do with the deadly combination of James Harden and Dwight Howard, as well as their mix of perimeter shooters, such as Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Francisco Garcia.

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Chris Paul: The Point God (Video)

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Just in case anyone needed more convincing, Chris Paul supplied it on Monday night – he is the best point guard in the NBA. Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 137-118 stomping over the Houston Rockets, dropping 23 points and dishing out 17 assists. He toyed with the defense of Jeremy Lin, making Linsanity appear as a high school hooper.

Ready for some crazy statistics? Paul now has seventeen career 23-point, 17-assist games. The rest of the NBA has seventeen as well – in the last ten years. He also currently has 97 14-assist games, first among active players. The six-time All-Star boasts 51 15-point, 15-assist games. Among active players, only Steve Nash, with 59, has more.

Entering his third season in Los Angeles, the time for CP3 to win is now. LA has a championship-caliber lineup and as long as Paul continues to put up MVP-type numbers, there is no reason to think that the Clippers can’t make a run at the Western Conference Championship and even the Finals.