Rockets' Harden misses 3rd straight game

HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was out for the third straight game with a sore left foot when Houston hosted Atlanta.

Jeremy Lin started Wednesday night for Harden, who is averaging 24.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Coach Kevin McHale says Harden is doing better and he doesn't expect him to be out for an extended period.