Eric Gordon Likes What He Sees, After a Change of Scenery

“I think he knew, more or less, the type of basketball we’d be playing, with the free rein on 3-pointers and all that,” D’Antoni said of Gordon. “But I don’t think I could even articulate in the summertime exactly what we’d be doing, because I didn’t know we’d be doing this.”


Gordon, left, and James Harden competed for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team before becoming teammates this summer.

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And what is this, exactly? The Rockets, already partial to the 3-point shot before D’Antoni arrived in June, are on pace to obliterate N.B.A. records for 3-pointers attempted and made in a season. But more than merely operating as long-range gluttons, the Rockets are producing quality shots, sinking 37.2 percent of their 3-point attempts going into Sunday night’s game. They were on track to make 1,213 this season.

With Harden, a leading candidate for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, acting as the offense’s guiding force at point guard, Gordon is averaging 17.7 points in 30.6 minutes per game. He is also averaging a…

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