Rockets’ Harden to play through knee pain

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has a bruised right knee but will continue to play despite feeling some pain and soreness.

Harden hurt his knee on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs and was considered a game-time decision Saturday night. The MVP candidate went on to score 31 points in Houston’s 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at home.

After the game, Harden told reporters his knee will be pretty painful moving forward but that he can adjust.

“I wasn’t feeling well at all, but the doc came in and just told me that there’s going to be pain for a bit, but you can play through it,” Harden said. “It can’t get worse, but it’s going to be pretty painful until obviously you give it some time. Once he said that, I was like, ‘Let’s go.’ I wasn’t moving like I usually move, but we won. Move on to the next game.”

Harden leads the NBA in scoring at 31.5 points per game and is also dishing out 9.1 assists. The Rockets have the best record in the league at 24-4.