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Rockets try to remain above .500 as they host Wizards

HOUSTON -- Having spent far too much time ranked among the dregs of the league defensively, the Rockets aren't exactly in the position to expect lasting defensive might.

Improvement on the defensive end, even if only incremental, is sufficient at this stage. The Rockets (15-14) have worked their way back above .500 and within striking distance of first place in the Southwest Division by winning four consecutive games. And they've done so by more closely resembling the defensive unit that many expected they'd be entering the season.

Houston has produced a 107.1 defensive rating during its streak, not exactly a sterling mark but good enough to rank in the middle of the league pack over that stretch of games. In order for the Rockets to match their season-long winning streak of five games, they'll need more vigorous defense on Wednesday, when they host the Washington Wizards at Toyota Center.

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Leaders
Points: James Harden31.5
Rebounds: Clint Capela11.7
Assists: James Harden8.2
FG%: Clint Capela63.8%
Steals: Chris Paul2.17
Blocks: Clint Capela2.10
Defense (Rank)
Points: 108.7 (11)
Rebounds: 42.7 (5)
Assists: 21.6 (2)
FG%: 47.5% (27)
FT%: 77.0% (19)
3P%: 34.7% (11)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 108.7 (21)
Rebounds: 40.8 (27)
Assists: 21.1 (27)
FG%: 44.8% (24)
FT%: 76.3% (17)
3P%: 33.9% (24)
Standings
Southwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Memphis 16 14 .533 --
Dallas 15 14 .517 0.5
Houston 15 14 .517 0.5
San Antonio 16 15 .516 0.5
New Orleans 15 16 .484 1.5
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Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/17/2018 Zhou Qi Waived
11/26/2018 Danuel House Jr. Signed as Free Agent
10/26/2018 Chris Paul Reinstate/Suspension
10/21/2018 Chris Paul League Suspension Two games for fighting with Rajon Rondo
10/13/2018 Bruno Caboclo Waived
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Injuries
Date Player Status
12/17/2018 James Ennis III Right hamstring strain
12/11/2018 Marquese Chriss Left ankle sprain
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