Coach Kevin McHale expressed little doubt that Harden would be ready to play as the Rockets face elimination.
While Harden has established himself as one of the league's best scorers, he could become all the more dominant by taking better care of the basketball. His 285 turnovers rank as the third-most in the NBA. The injured Kobe Bryant has 287 and Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday has 286.
Harden is still averaging 26.2 points over his last five games but hasn't exactly been operating at peak efficiency, going 36 of 95 from the field over that stretch (37.9 percent).
Harden continues to make a living at the free-throw line, going 13 of 14 in Tuesday's victory. He leads the NBA in free-throw rate, attempting an average of 10.1 shots from the charity stripe each game.
Harden is 20 of 50 from the floor in three games after sitting out two with an ankle injury,
Harden initially suffered the injury on Feb. 12 and played through the pain before being forced to sit out the last two games. He appeared none the worse for wear on Wednesday, also picking up nine assists in the victory.
Harden, who has scored 20 or more in 17 of his last 18 games, is 26 of 51 from 3-point range over his last seven contests.
Harden is averaging 28.5 points over his last 17 games while hitting 87.5 percent of his free throws.
Harden bounced back nicely from a 3 for 17 shooting effort in his previous game.
Harden is averaging 8.4 assists over the last five games.
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