Harden 39 help Rockets past short-handed Lakers 113-97

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had 39 points and 12 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 113-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing without LeBron James. The Lakers, who clinched the top seed in the Western Conference on Monday, didn’t have James because of a sore right groin. The Rockets were also short-handed, missing Russell Westbrook because of a bruised right quadriceps.