CP3: Rockets' loss to Bucks nonfactor for MVP

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MILWAUKEE — Chris Paul had a message for MVP voters Tuesday night: The Houston Rockets108-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks shouldn’t matter when ballots are cast.

Paul admits that he is biased in his belief that his Rockets co-star, James Harden, should repeat as MVP. But he was adamant that Harden’s relative off night in a showdown against Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other MVP front-runner, shouldn’t sway any votes.

The Bucks held Harden to 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting, only the fourth time this season he finished with more field goal attempts than points. He also had 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in the loss.

Antetokounmpo also had a mediocre game by his extremely high standards, recording 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.

Harden Giannis Last Wed. +450 -700 Last Thu. +275 -400 Today +200 -250 — Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook — Entering Tuesday night’s game

“James went on a historic run. Know what I mean?” Paul said, referring to Harden’s streak of 32 consecutive 30-point performances, carrying the Rockets from 14th place to third in the Western Conference standings during that stretch despite Paul and center Clint Capela missing extended

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