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Chris Paul’s debut with Houston had to make Rockets’ fans happy

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defends during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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What did everyone from Daryl Morey through the most casual Rockets’ fan hope bringing in Chris Paul would mean for the team: Better defense and good chemistry with James Harden.

One preseason game — certainly not one preseason play — can tell us if those things will happen, but the first play of the Rockets’ first exhibition game Tuesday against the Thunder had to make Rockets’ fans happy.

Houston’s offense looked sharp against what should be an excellent Thunder defense in this game. The Rockets beat the Thunder 104-97.