James Harden immediately gets Clint Capela involved in return with pick-and-roll slam past LeBron James

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Welcome back, Clint Capela.

The Houston Rockets center missed 15 games with ligament damage to his right thumb and made his return to the lineup Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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James Harden made sure to get him involved in the offense early.

Harden, Capela connect on no-look pass, dunk

With the Rockets trailing 12-10 about halfway through the first quarter, Harden and Capela worked the pick-and-roll to perfection with a no-look bounce pass in traffic from Harden that led to a two-handed Capela slam through traffic that included LeBron James and JaVale McGee.

Clint Capela started his return to the Rockets lineup in style against the Lakers. (Getty)
Clint Capela started his return to the Rockets lineup in style against the Lakers. (Getty)

Rockets come out of break healthy

It was Capela’s second dunk of the game as previously injury-laden Rockets return from the All-Star break with a lineup that also includes a healthy Chris Paul and Eric Gordon.

The return of Capela and his teammates may present a threat to Harden’s streak of 30-point games. But it should also lead to a dangerous Rockets squad.

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