James Harden might be back in the lineup for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, but they may not even need him.
The Rockets look to maintain their grip on a playoff spot when they meet the Sacramento Kings to start a three-game road trip.
Harden, fifth in the NBA with 26.0 points per game, missed his second straight contest Monday with a sore right foot. The Rockets didn't miss him at all, jumping out to a 25-point lead en route to beating Orlando 111-103 for their fifth win in seven games.
Houston (41-33) was also missing second-leading scorer Chandler Parsons, out with food poisoning, but the team never trailed as Omer Asik matched a career-high with 22 points and Jeremy Lin had 19 points and 11 assists.
"You can always do anything with any five players," Lin said. "It's just a matter of buying into it and going through the kinks of doing something new at this point."
The Rockets are seventh in the Western Conference and have been resting Harden to give his foot a chance...