Rockets' Harden sits out with ankle injury

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HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden sat out Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday with an ankle injury.

Harden sprained his right ankle in a Feb. 12 road victory at Golden State and did not play the following game. The only other game he has missed this season also involved a right ankle sprain that caused him to miss a Dec. 10 meeting against San Antonio.

Coach Kevin McHale says Harden had a shot a few weeks ago and kept playing through it.

McHale says, "It's one of those things that you hope will get better soon because needless to say, we need him."