The emotional sequence occurred after the Rockets' 121-105 triumph at State Farm Arena. Paul found the boy wearing his jersey near the tunnel. He first autographed a pair of his shoes before signing the jersey. The boy then went under the security ropes for a hug and a picture with the All-Star guard.
The boy cried and nervously shook during the entire interaction, while his father helped him interact with the NBA veteran.
Paul gave the boy a head rub and a fist-bump before exiting the arena. The Rockets guard scored 13 points and had 11 assists in the win. Paul is averaging 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in his 14th NBA season.
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What an amazing moment at the game tonight. This is what I love about the NBA. Way to take time @cp3 and make this kids day. Tears of joy can only flow when you meet your favorite player. I could only imagine what I would have been like at that age meeting any of my favorite players.
The Rockets have another road test against the Memphis Grizzlies at 8 p.m. Wednesday at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.