Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/12/12
HOUSTON -- Rockets guard James Harden returned from a one-game injury hiatus and provided the Houston Rockets with a scoring punch that, considering the opponent, few anticipated would be so sorely needed. With the lowly Washington Wizards refusing to relent on the heels of their first road win, Tuesday night in New Orleans, the Rockets struggled before pulling out an unsightly 99-93 win Wednesday night at Toyota Center. Harden paced Houston with 31 points after being sidelined Monday due to a sprained right ankle. The Rockets maintained their breakneck pace against the San Antonio Spurs even without Harden, eventually falling in overtime. Their offense was less efficient against Washington. "That's the kind of typical James game where he just makes plays and attacks," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "We had some things going where we had some drops on some passes back to our bigs, and our bigs have got to go in there and finish strong, get fouled and make some plays around t...
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