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 Hard...