The Houston Rockets just won their home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it's not all good news for the second-best team in the West.
Harden scored only 10 points in the game and got two rebounds and seven assists, though it's also important to note that the Rockets guard only played 25 minutes under a minutes restriction, due to this being his first time getting back on the court after missing the last seven games due to a hamstring injury.
There is another notable thing about Harden's return to the lineup, as he will not be playing with teammates Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green. Both players are suspended because of their significant roles in the Rockets' post-game altercation with the L.A. Clippers.
While the Rockets are not at full strength even after having Harden back into the lineup, it's definite good news for them that they were able to beat a surging Timberwolves team, currently fourth in the West's playoff race.
Harden's limited minutes may also be a blessing in disguise for the Rockets as the team will have to stop relying too much on their All-Star guard and step up themselves.
Harden's teammates didn't disappoint, they had a balanced attack where Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon scored 30 points, while Clint Capela put up 20 points, followed by Chris Paul's 19 points.
If Houston is to contend with the Golden State Warriors for dominance in the West, the Rockets will need all the help they can get.