Chris Paul back in lineup after missing past three games

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul returned Friday in a 121-103 loss to the Washington Wizards after missing the previous three games due to a strained left adductor.

Paul had 8 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes.

The Rockets are 15-2 in games played by Paul. The lone previous loss occurred against the Los Angeles Lakerslast week, when Paul exited early in the fourth quarter after injuring the adductor.

That loss snapped a 14-game winning streak that began when Paul returned from a monthlong absence due to a left knee contusion. The Rockets have lost their past five games, the longest skid for Houston since dropping seven straight in 2013.

The Rockets remained without center Clint Capela (right orbital fracture) and key reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder dislocation).

ESPN's Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.