James Harden starts Game 5

Updated: May 1, 2013, 9:54 PM ET
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rockets All-Star James Harden started Game 5 against the Thunder despite leaving their shootaround because of flu-like symptoms.

Coach Kevin McHale said earlier Wednesday he was sure Harden would be "ready to go."

"We're confident coming in here. Obviously, we need James and we want James to play for us to win at a high level," teammate Chandler Parsons said.

"No doubt in my mind, he's going to play tonight. There's no way some little ...

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