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Rockets star Chris Paul ties career-high 6 three-pointers vs. Timberwolves

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The Houston Rockets shoot a ton of threes. But you likely knew that already. What you may not have known is that Chris Paul has never knocked down more than six threes in a game.

During Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, however, he reached six again and tied his career mark.

Chris Paul led the way with an uber-efficient evening, shooting 8-for-12 from the floor overall, including 6-for-7 from long range. He needed just 29 minutes to compile 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

The last time that Paul knocked down six triples in a game came on Nov. 17 against the Sacramento Kings, a game in which the Rockets also cruised to victory.

On the whole, it’s been a difficult season for the 33-year-old playmaker, who is on pace for career lows in points per game (15.7) and overall shooting percentage (42 percent). Injuries have sapped nearly half of his season, with just a few weeks remaining for him to get his legs under him before the playoffs begin.

Houston was on the doorstep of the NBA Finals last year during their Western Conference Finals battle with the Golden State Warriors before Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. It doesn’t seem like a stretch to call him their X-factor in 2018-19, even when James Harden is seemingly resetting the scoring record books on a nightly basis.

In Sunday’s win over Minnesota, Houston fired up 50 three-pointers, making 21. Six of those were Paul’s, and he’ll need a pile more to fall before the Rockets are ready to call it a summer.