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NBA: Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After going 7-2 over their most brutal stretch of schedule (12-3 if you want to extend that a bit), the Houston Rockets finally get to play a non-playoff team at Toyota Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have eight wins on the season, and the Rockets are one of them. With Chris Paul sitting, Houston got 40 from James Harden and 28 from Eric Gordon, but it wasn’t enough. No one else scored more than 12 points. Meanwhile, the Cavs got a career-high 29 from Collin Sexton on 14-21 shooting (mostly from midrange, which was an extra insult). Tristan Thompson, still smarting over some Kardashian bullshit probably, scored 16 points to go with 20 rebounds. He grabbed nine of the 20(!) offensive rebounds that the Cavs procured that night, leading to the Cavs getting 16 more shots than Houston.

All-in-all, it was an ugly game for Houston and came during a four-game losing streak that sent Houston spiraling below .500.

Tonight, Houston will also be missing Paul along with Gordon. The Cavs will be without Kevin Love and Larry Nance, Jr.

I think the Rockets will want this one pretty badly. Look for Clint Capela especially to bounce back after his dud against the Bucks.

Tip-off is at 7pm CT