Houston's Harden diagnosed with strep throat


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(Rockets.com)
(Rockets.com)
Updated: 5/02/2013 4:54 pm Published: 5/02/2013 4:50 pm


HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Rockets star James Harden has been diagnosed with strep throat and is still expected to play Friday night in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden had what the team called flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, but he scored 31 points with seven 3-pointers to lead the Rockets to a 107-100 win in Game 5. The team says Harden was treated by doctors for the condition Thursday afternoon.

The Rockets have cut the lead in the series to 3-2 and are trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a best-of-seven playoff series after trailing 3-0.

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