Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) puts up a shot against Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)
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When the Houston Rockets' MVP candidate needs a night off, they can simply elevate the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year to the starting lineup.Or turn the ball over to an eight-time all-NBA point guard.That's why they have the best record in the league -- as Houston showed without James Harden on Sunday night. Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82 .Paul said of Harden's absence.The Rockets hit their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run.Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16 .The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup.Mavericks: Barea assisted on nine of the Mavericks' first 10 field goals.
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