PHOENIX (AP) — Houston didn’t need James Harden to roll past the Phoenix Suns.
There were plenty of contributions from just about everyone else to make it a 112-95 Rocket romp on Friday night.
Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Houston players in double figures and the Rockets improved to 4-2 since losing Harden with a hamstring injury.
“We are just holding it down, holding it down until we get the whole crew back,” Paul said. “Ain’t nobody going to feel sorry for ourselves and we ain’t going to feel sorry for ourselves. We are just going to go out there and keep competing.”
Houston led by 18 in the second quarter, 22 at the end of the third and 27 in the fourth in its sixth consecutive victory over Phoenix.
Clint Capela scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who dominated the boards 53-38. Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza added 18 points apiece and Eric Gordon 14.
Devin Booker scored 27 and T.J. Warren 21 for the Suns, who were coming off a home win over Oklahoma City four days earlier. Booker, playing more these days at point guard, had nine assists but nine of his team’s 19 turnovers.
Houston had a 14-4 advantage on the offensive boards.
“I think we’re number one in the league in getting an offensive rebound and kicking it out for a 3, so that’s great,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And obviously Chris had some mismatches and he started doing some short 15-foot game. He’s awesome. Everybody contributed here and there.”
Phoenix got off to a fast start, scoring 10 straight points, capped by Dragan Bender’s 3-pointer, to lead 21-10.
Then things turned sour for the home team.
The Rockets outscored the Suns 37-8 over the final…