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Friday, March 28, 2014

Rockets' Patrick Beverley forced to exit early in win against 76ers


By on 3/28/2014 06:30:00 AM

Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley sprained his right knee early during the second quarter against the 76ers, according to the Rockets on Twitter. Beverley exited the game immediately after and did not return. He will undergo and MRI later today to determine the severity of the injury.

Beverley was forced to call a timeout in the opening minute of the second quarter after injuring his knee. He finished off the night with five points and one assist in eight minutes played. Jeremy Lin took control of the point for the rest of the night and finished off with 13 points and seven assists. James Harden led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 31 minutes. The Rockets won 120-98.

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"Games like this are always tough, especially later in the season when guys just want to relax and kind of get ready for the playoffs. But we showed our maturity tonight, came out here and took care of business" said Harden after the game.
The Rockets next matchup is on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. If Beverley cannot go, expect Lin to get the start at point guard.

With the win the Rockets improved to 49-22. They currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, one game behind the Clippers for the third seed. If they win on Saturday, they win move in third place.

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