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3-0 Rockets, finding defense, await Grizzlies

HOUSTON -- It was an expected answer to a question that was sure to yield this precise response, with Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offering measured praise over the promising start enjoyed by his unbeaten team with the first week of the schedule set to bleed into the second.

After the Rockets (3-0) survived a grudge match against the reigning champion Warriors, won again the next night in Sacramento, then cruised to an easy victory over an in-state rival, D'Antoni was pressed to assess where his team stood at this early stage of this season.

The Rockets were without offseason acquisition Chris Paul in their victories over the Kings and Dallas Mavericks, but the point guard's absence did little to undermine the commitment to defense.

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Leaders
Points: James Harden27.7
Rebounds: Clint Capela10.3
Assists: Chris Paul11.0
FG%: Clint Capela70.0%
Steals: Trevor Ariza2.00
Blocks: Tarik Black2.00
Defense (Rank)
Points: 104.0 (15)
Rebounds: 41.3 (7)
Assists: 24.0 (25)
FG%: 46.0% (18)
FT%: 82.7% (26)
3P%: 44.0% (29)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 111.3 (10)
Rebounds: 47.0 (10)
Assists: 21.3 (17)
FG%: 45.4% (17)
FT%: 82.9% (7)
3P%: 28.6% (27)
Standings
Southwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Houston 3 0 1.000 --
Memphis 2 0 1.000 0.5
San Antonio 2 0 1.000 0.5
New Orleans 1 2 .333 2.0
Dallas 0 3 .000 3.0
Full Standings
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/16/2017 Cameron Oliver Waived
10/13/2017 George de Paula Waived
10/13/2017 Chris Johnson Waived
10/13/2017 Tim Quarterman Waived
10/13/2017 Isaiah Taylor Waived
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Injuries
Date Player Status
10/18/2017 Chris Paul Sore left knee
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