The former Indiana basketball guard continues his great play of late, this time going for a career-high 50 points on Monday night.
It has been a year of inconsistencies for not only the Houston Rockets but also for former Indiana basketball guard Eric Gordon. The 12-year vet has spent time in and out of the lineup with an injury, but also up-and-down play.
On Monday night, however, all of that was forgotten as he put up a monster game. Erupting for a career-high 50 points on an incredible 14-of-22 shooting, including six made threes, and 16-of-20 from the free-throw line, Gordon led the Rockets to a 126-117 win over the Utah Jazz. He also added six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
In a night where the Rockets needed him to step up without both James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Gordon lived up to the call. Despite Gordon being able to light it up from deep throughout his career, this scoring outburst is not like him.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, this was the longest time between 40+ point games in NBA history, his last coming 11 years ago.
Not only was this a great night for Gordon, but also the Rockets as they knocked off a Utah Jazz squad that won its previous nine home games and were 18-3 at home overall. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, had lost six of the past nine games and were just trying to stop the bleeding.
With Gordon’s improved play as of late, now averaging 20.7 points per game in January, the Rockets look to make some moves up the standings when both Westbrook and Harden return to the lineup.
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