Guard James Harden strained his left hamstring and did not return after leaving late in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 148-142 double-overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden came up limping and dragging his left leg gingerly after he missed on a drive to the basket with 54 seconds left. The Rockets' MVP candidate exited the game with 44 seconds left and was ruled out by the team in the second overtime. Harden had 40 points and 11 assists in a win that snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. Afterward, Harden had a noticeable limp as he favored his left hamstring while walking in the locker room. But the guard was in good spirits, yelling, "Yeah, Tuck!" in the locker room to acknowledge PJ Tucker's clutch play in the win. Harden said he felt his hamstring pull as he went up for a driving layup.
James Harden strains left hamstring
ESPN | Jan 1