Chris Paul returns as Rockets score franchise-record 90 points in half

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PHOENIX — The “bumps” coach Mike D’Antoni said he expected while incorporating Chris Paul into his offense weren’t evident in the Houston Rockets’ record-setting 142-116 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star point guard who pushed for a trade from the LA Clippers to the Rockets during the offseason, was spectacular in his return after missing almost a month because of a bruised left knee. He registered a double-double in 21 minutes, scoring 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting and dishing out 10 assists with only one turnover.

Harden, a perennial All-Star guard with whom Paul opted to form a partnership, padded his NBA scoring lead with 48 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field and recorded seven assists.

“James knows that every night he’s not going to have 48 and stuff like that, but we just try to play the right way, make the right plays and move the ball,” said Paul, who had not played since the Rockets’ season-opening win over the Golden

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