Houston Rockets cut down Brooklyn Nets, 117-103, for 5th straight win

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It is official. The Houston Rockets are hot through the first quarter of the 2017-2018 season.

James Harden had 37 points, including 20 in the first quarter, en route to a 117-103 win at home Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Four other Rockets scored in double figures, including the next leading scorer Clint Capela, who scored 20 points in the win.

Chris Paul dished 14 assists and never turned over the ball in the whole contest. Since Paul came back from a knee injury Nov. 17, the Rockets peeled off five straight wins. In all, Houston has won 11 of the team's last 12 games and currently boasts the best record in the Western Conference.

Houston (16-4) hosts the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Rockets then go on a three-game West Coast road trip starting against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The win streak propelled Houston over Golden State to No. 2 on ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings this week.

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