James Harden leaves game versus Lakers with left leg injury
Even though the Houston Rockets pulled off a thrilling 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on New Year’s Eve, they got some bad news on Sunday night when superstar guard James Harden had to leave the game.
According to a thread of tweets tonight from SLAM Magazine, Harden left Sunday night’s game against the Lakers late in the fourth quarter with a strained left hamstring.
Strained left hammy for the Beard. He's out for the rest of tonight's game.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) January 1, 2018
This is not the type of news the Rockets wanted to hear heading into 2018, as the team recently got star point guard Chris Paul back after missing a few games with a strained left adductor. Before James Harden left the game, he led all scorers with a whopping 40 points on 10-of-20 shots from the floor and 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. He also had a team-high 11 assists, two blocked shots, and two steals.
The victory snaps a five-game losing streak for the Rockets and marks yet another close, heartbreaking loss for the young Lakers squad. The Lakers will head into 2018 on a sour note with a six-game losing streak, which is currently the longest in the NBA.