James Harden leaves game vs. Lakers late with possible hamstring injury

James Harden leaves game vs. Lakers late with possible hamstring injury

Former Wyoming standout Larry Nance Jr. continued his solid play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday's 121-106 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Our models project Harden for 54.1 FanDuel points in 36.0 minutes on Sunday.

Harden, 28, had 40 points and 11 assists before exiting. Paul had eight points and six assists in 26 minutes of action. The Lakers led by seven points at halftime, on the strength of a season high 72-point first half.

The victory snaps a five-game losing streak for the Rockets and marks yet another close, heartbreaking loss for the young Lakers squad.

It took two overtime periods for the Rockets to finally best the Lakers.

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During the period's waning seconds, Brandon Ingram drove to the basket and was fouled by P.J. Tucker with the Lakers trailing 133-131.

In a game with 290 points, the game-winners were Tucker's first points of the game.

The Lakers reclaimed the lead before Paul went to work in the final minute. His free throw tied the game, and marked the first time in the entire second half that the Rockets didn't trail the Lakers. After another eruption netted him 31 points on Christmas night, he has hit the first cold spell of his career, scoring 22 points in his last two games combined on 10-of-38 shooting (2-of-18 on 3's). We get after it on defense, we get stops and we get out and run.

The MVP frontrunner along with LeBron James, he is putting up 32.1 points per game - a mark that leads the National Basketball Association and is on pace to break Moses Malone's franchise record. Before the game, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters that Harden is good to go. However, Clint Capela will also be a valuable option in fantasy. Capela ditched his mask.

Mostly, the Rockets got going by finding the most obvious solution. "Obviously I put a big value on relationships with the players and I've spent a lot of time trying to make sure that they know that me and my staff care about them not just as basketball players but as people". The comeback did not begin immediately, with the Lakers scoring the final five points of the third quarter to take an 11-point lead to the fourth. The Lakers will head into 2018 on a sour note with a six-game losing streak, which is now the longest in the National Basketball Association.

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