Rockets' Eric Gordon: Scores 23 points

Gordon posted 23 points (9-19 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes Tuesday in the Rockets' 121-110 loss to the Grizzlies.

Though Gordon was initially projected to start in place of the resting Russell Westbrook, coach Mike D'Antoni had a late change of heart and chose to bring the veteran guard off the bench. Gordon was able to shine as the Rockets' sixth man, with his 23 points representing a new season high. Gordon should gradually improve on his 34.9 percent mark from the field as he regains strength in his surgically repaired knee, though performances like this will be hard to replicate when both Westbrook and James Harden are playing. Gordon said earlier this week that he expects to play in the second game of the Rockets' back-to-back set Wednesday versus the Trail Blazers, per Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.

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