Chris Paul (knee) sits out final minutes of victorious Rockets debut

By Bob Hille 18 October 2017
Chris Paul (knee) sits out final minutes of victorious Rockets debut

Chris Paul's debut with the Rockets ended with a victory but also him on the bench with a sore knee.

Coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters (via the Houston Chronicle) that Paul played "on one leg" Tuesday night because of a bruised left knee as Houston defeated the defending NBA champion Warriors, 122-121, in Oakland.

"Man, I got through it," said Paul, the nine-time All-Star who pushed for the offseason trade from the Clippers to the Rockets. "It was cool. Tough game, but it's all about getting the win."

Paul scored four points and handed out 11 assists by the time he left with 4:47 to play. He spent the rest of the game on the bench, rooting on his teammates and waving a towel to celebrate their good plays.

"I'm a hell of a cheerleader, man," he joked, per ESPN.com.

And while Paul celebrated with James Harden and other teammates after Kevin Durant's apparent winning buzzer-beater was waved off by officials, the joy was short-lived.

Houston plays again Wednesday against the Kings in Sacramento.

Asked if he would play, Paul said, "I don't know. We'll figure it out."

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