James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.
The Scoop:He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness.
James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.
The Scoop:Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine.
James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good.
DENVER (AP) -- James Harden couldn't quite fight his way through traffic and just barely missed getting his hand in the face of Arron Afflalo as the Nuggets swingman knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end regulation.