With the way Mike D’Antoni has handled Houston’s rotation lately, there are times Chris Paul is left to run the Rockets’ offense against second-team defenses.
That combination proved the difference on Wednesday night when Paul led the host Rockets to a huge run in the first half that helped them extend their winning streak to 11 games with a 108-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Paul scored a season-high 31 points and James Harden added 21 to help Houston to its 17th win in 18 games and improve to 22-4.
“We got stops and Chris got hot,” Harden said of Paul. “He was extremely aggressive. We just kind of rode that wave throughout the entire...