Harden averaged 43.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in that span, which is part of his active 22-game streak of consecutive 30-plus-point performances, a run surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain.
Houston had lost all five of the previous games that Paul missed this season.
The signing of guard Austin Rivers had also been critical to the Rockets thriving despite Paul’s absence. Rivers has averaged 11.3 points and 3.8 assists in 37.3 minutes per game since making his Houston debut on Christmas.
The Rockets will exercise caution with Paul, 33, whose postseason ended prematurely last year due to a hamstring strain suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, by carefully managing his minutes for the remainder of the regular season. Coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters Sunday that Paul, whose 33.2 minutes per game are his most since 2014-15, will likely be held out one game of back-to-backs.
The Rockets remain without starting center Clint Capela, who is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb.