James Harden (ankle) surprise scratch vs. Pistons on Saturday
Rockets guard James Harden won't play in Houston's game Saturday night in Detroit after tweaking his ankle in Friday's loss to the Pacers, according to Rockets radio play-by-play man Craig Ackerman.
Harden, who was 3-for-14 from the field with 12 points on Friday, initially injured the ankle Sunday in Sacramento. This will be the fifth game he's missed this season.
The 24-year-old is averaging 23.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists and is shooting 44.1 percent from the field.
Jeremy Lin has a bad back and is also out for Houston (17-10), which is second in the Southwest division.
No Jeremy Lin and no James Harden tonight. — Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) December 21, 2013