Harden out, Lin back for Rockets against Mavs

Houston guard James Harden is out for a second straight game for

the Rockets against the Mavericks, but Jeremy Lin will play after

missing time with back spasms.

Harden, who leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points a game,

will sit out Monday night with a sprained left ankle. Lin has

missed four games recently with back spasms.

The Rockets are also without guard Patrick Beverley, who has a

right hand injury and center Omer Asik, who has missed the last

nine games with a right thigh bruise.