Rockets' Harden out at least two weeks with hamstring injury

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 02 2018 10:42 AM

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures on the court against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Capital One Arena. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Houston Rockets guard James Harden will miss at least two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 148-142 double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Harden came up limping after driving to the basket with 54 seconds remaining. He gingerly left the court with 44 seconds left and was ruled out by the team in the second overtime.

Harden finished with 40 points and 11 assists, and said he felt his hamstring pull as he drove toward the basket.

The team said he'll be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The injury comes on the heels of the return of Chris Paul, who picked up the slack for Harden in overtime after missing the previous three games with a groin injury.

He'll have to pick up even more slack with Harden out for an extended period. Harden leads the league in scoring at 32.3 points per game and is third in assists (9.1 apg).

The Rockets are currently two games behind the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference. They host the Warriors on the back end of back-to-back games on Thursday and again on Jan. 20.

Harden has missed only two regular-season games over the past three seasons combined.

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