Chris Paul returned for the Houston Rockets against the Orlando Magic after missing the last 17 games with a strained left hamstring.

The nine-time All-Star had been out since he was injured Dec. 20 in a loss at Miami.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game that Paul's minutes will be limited initially and he hoped to keep him somewhere in the mid-20s on Sunday night.

The Rockets have done well in Paul's absence, going 12-5 behind the high-scoring of James Harden and some help from the addition of Austin Rivers, who started while Paul was out.

Triple-double takes time

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams' first triple-double at Chicago on Friday occurred in his 904th career game. Only the Sacramento Kings' Zach Randolph at 974 games logged his first later in his career.

Against the Bulls, Williams scored 31 points and added 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Waiters ready to play

To Dion Waiters there is only one way to get back to what he once was for the Miami Heat.

"I think playing is the biggest thing for me. I don't think practice can help me," he said ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Knicks.

With the Heat bypassing practice Thursday before this two-game trip and then also given the day off Saturday, the opportunities for Waiters to show he is capable of more have been limited.

He also missed Friday night's victory over the Cavaliers because of what was listed as a migraine.

"Normally when I get 'em, they're bad," he said, "pretty much got to sit in the dark, really can't be in light. So the whole time I was just sitting in the dark."