Eric Gordon hadn’t scored 40-plus points since his rookie year

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon had a career night Monday in leading his team to a win over the Utah Jazz, and in the process, he achieved a milestone he hadn’t earned since his rookie year.

According to Justin Kubatko of Stat Muse, Gordon has the longest streak of days in between 40-point games with 4,021 days. Gordon scored a career-high 50 points against the Jazz, and he hadn’t scored 40-plus since Jan. 23, 2009, when he had 41 points playing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gordon having one of the best games of his career shows how the Rockets can be more than James Harden and Russell Westbrook shooting a majority of the shots.

This season, Gordon ranks third in field goal attempts per game (13.7), right behind Harden and Westbrook. Gordon has played in 13 games since returning from knee surgery, and in those 13 games, he has averaged 20.0 points. Gordon is the Rockets’ third-leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game.

With Gordon being the clear third option, performances like these reinforce how the Rockets’ offense can be productive and have multiple players be a threat to score.

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