Nets to Monitor Harden Hamstring Worry
Houston Rockets' Danuel House Jr., left, defends against Brooklyn Nets' James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game

James Harden has succumbed to a hamstring issue as the Brooklyn Nets continued their stellar form with a 120-108 win over the Houston Rockets in the NBA on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving starred for the Nets with 31 points, six rebounds and 12 assists, while Harden exited the game after playing 27 minutes, with 17 points and eight rebounds to his name.

The victory sends the Brooklyn Nets up to top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 33-15, having surged since Harden’s January arrival from the Houston Rockets.

The Nets are missing Kevin Durant to injury and coach Steve Nash offered some update on Harden after his premature exit.

“We’re going to monitor it. We’ll see how he feels in the morning,” Nash said. “I don’t have a lot to tell you.

“We feel optimistic it’s not a long-term thing and we’ll just monitor it. I haven’t spoken to him yet. I came in, addressed the team and then came to speak to you guys.

“I think he told the trainer when he was on the sideline and they went back to look at it and decided that it wasn’t worth risking it. We’ll just see how he feels in the morning and go from there.

“They just decided it wasn’t worth risking him going back out there, but we haven’t done any scans. We’ll see how he feels in the morning and decide what the next step is.”

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks won 112-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James.

The Phoenix Suns beat the Chicago Bulls 121-116 with Devin Booker netting 45 points, while the Portland Trail Blazers triumphed 124-101 over the Detroit Pistons with Damian Lillard scoring 33 points.

Ben somerford
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