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OAKLAND, Calif. – Houston Rockets guard James Harden suffered a right elbow injury during Thursday night's 102-99 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. The All-Star had an MRI after the game and said he will have an X-ray on the hyperextended elbow when the Rockets (37-18) arrive in Phoenix on Friday. Harden is averaging a team-best 24.3 points per game.
"When it first happened, I thought it was over," Harden, who wore an elbow sleeve after the game, said. "It's painful. It's still throbbing. Hopefully, it's nothing too serious."
Harden said he suffered the injury when he bumped into teammate Jeremy Lin in OT. He had 39 points and three made 3-pointers against Golden State, but missed two of three shots in overtime and shied away from shooting down the stretch due to the injury. Harden has missed eight games this season to ankle, foot and thumb injuries.
"I couldn't even really grab the ball," Harden said. "I wanted to grab the ball but I couldn’t dribble with my right or anything."