MILWAUKEE – Chris Paul had a message for the MVP voters on Tuesday night: The Houston Rockets' 108-94 defeat against the Milwaukee dollars should not matter if the ballots are handed out.
Paul admits that he is biased in his belief His Rockets co-star James Harden should repeat himself as an MVP. However, he was relentless that Harden's relative should not beat a showdown against Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other MVP leader.
The Bucks held Harden 23 points in 9:26 shooting, only fourth This season he ended up with more field hits than points. He also had 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks in defeat.
Antetokounmpo also had a mediocre game with his extremely high standards, scoring 1
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"James has made a historic run – do you know what I mean?" Paul said in reference to Harden's series of 32 consecutive 30-point performances that took the Rockets from 14th to third place in the Western Conference standings during this period, although Paul and mid Clint Capela were absent for a long time due to injury. "Obviously I'm biased towards the MVP and who or whatever, but good luck with those of you who decide on a head-to-head game and have a few games left in the season.
Paul finished second in the MVP vote this season behind Kobe Bryant, who had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers 107-104 victory over Paul's New Orleans Hornets in the final week of the regular season.  Paul said he did not disrespect Antetokounmpo whose all-round excellence made the MVP race competitive for the NBA's best-performing team, though Harden was in the middle of one of NBA's biggest offensive seasons.
"I see James playing a lot more," Paul said, "you have to understand that I say that does not mean that Giannis did not have an amazing season and stuff like that. He was great for his team and all that, but I see what James does every night as well.
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The Bucks succeeded in defending Harden by aggressively forcing him to drive to the right and trying to end up in traffic by playing the same pattern as they did When he won in Houston on 9 January, when he had 42 points and six assists but only 13 out of 30 came out of the hall, he finished nine sales.
Milwaukee oversees Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, USA's main defenders The NBA's leading scorer was consistently positioned as a clout to Harden's left hip, even though he did not have the ball in his hand essentially invited him to drive to the right and drove him into the paint, where the two centers Brook Lopez and Antetokounmpo Harden forced to settle frequently for floaters.
Harden was 1-of-9 in the 3-point area and 5-on the free throw line – he received significantly fewer attempts than his averages of 13.3 and 11.0, respectively, but pointed out the effects of the defense system's Bucks off.
"None," Harden said. I still had my shots, I was still aggressive, I still did what I was supposed to do, obviously some shots did not happen like any other game, but as a team we had our shots we got today Evening, they did not go in. If they go in, it's a different ballgame, well, they shot. "
Harden often found open spot-shooters as a result of Bucks' aggressive help. But the missiles could not make Milwaukee pay for it. Houston Starters PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon dropped out to miss 12 of their 13 3-point attempts.
"If you do not take shots, stay on it," Rocket coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni said, referring to Harden. "He needed help from Eric or PJ to put down shots, I do not believe they're stopping James, it's that we're stopping James, and that's about it, they've done what they're supposed to do, not me I would like to take something away from them. "