Harden diagnosed with strep throat

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been diagnosed with strep

throat and is still expected to play Friday night in Game 6 against

the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden had what the team called flu-like symptoms on Wednesday,

but he scored 31 points with seven 3-pointers to lead the Rockets

to a 107-100 win in Game 5. The team says Harden was treated by

doctors for the condition Thursday afternoon.

The Rockets have cut the lead in the series to 3-2 and are

trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a

best-of-seven playoff series after trailing 3-0.