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Chris Paul says loss to Bucks shouldn't impact James Harden's MVP case against Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Tuesday saw a battle of the MVP candidates as Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-94 win over James Harden and the Houston Rockets, giving them a 2-0 season series sweep.

Although the Bucks have had the Rockets' number this season, Chris Paul doesn't believe yesterday's results should carry much weight in the MVP conversation, rather a reflection on the season as a whole.

"James went on a historic run. Know what I mean?" Paul said referring to Harden's 32-game streak of scoring 30-plus points, which helped revive the Rockets' season.

"Obviously I'm biased about the MVP and whoever or whatnot, but those of you that decide it on head-to-head games with a few games left in the season, good luck with that," Paul said, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "Happened to me in '08."

Paul finished second in MVP voting to Kobe Bryant in the 2008 season with the Los Angeles Lakers beating Paul's New Orleans Hornets 107-104 in the third-last game of the regular season. Bryant recorded 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win.

When Harden began his impressive run, the Rockets were reeling near the bottom of the Western Conference after starting the season 12-14 and battled with injuries to Clint Capela and Paul himself.

They've since climbed to fourth in the Western Conference at 47-28, while the Bucks sit top of the Eastern Conference with the NBA's best record at 56-19.

Both players are putting up absurd numbers across the board, with Anteotkounmpo averaging 27.3 points per game, 1.6 rebounds and six assists, while Harden leads the league in scoring with 36.2 points per game, adding 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

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