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Jaylen Brown's team-high 22 points were inspired by his best friend, who died hours before the Celtics game. es.pn/2AV3Wd0

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni: "Chris played really well. You can see the difference that he's going to make, especially when James rests."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on Rockets scoring 90 by halftime: "I️ thought something was wrong with the score."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on Chris Paul: "He looks really good on the court. Obviously, he looks comfortable. The more he gets his wind back and gets more minutes, he'll get even better."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Paul on James Harden: "I've never seen somebody score so effortlessly."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Paul: "We just try to play the right way, make the right plays and move the ball. It's fun. It's fun to play that way."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not sweater weather in Phoenix, but Chris Paul couldn't resist the symbolism of a rocket taking off.

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The Rockets are the third team in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) to score at least 90 points in the first half of a game. The Rockets scored more points in the first half than 39 teams did in an entire game this season, including the Warriors earlier Thursday night.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on the presence of Gordon Hayward on Thursday night: "It's unbelievable. A few more years with that guy, so I'm excited about it. Just being on the bench, seeing him, getting his knowledge of the game, you can tell that he misses it. The rest will just stand strong and I know he's standing strong to be able to be there and understand that his support goes a long way and we're happy to have him here."