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Houston's Harden diagnosed with strep throat

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 5:53pm  ET

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Houston won 107-100. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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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