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8:30 p.m. Fri­day, ESPN; 950 AM

Any good team with a su­per­star has play­ers who per­form well along­side him, and Hous­ton’s James Har­den has plenty of help, led by shoot­ing guard Eric Gor­don. Gor­don checked in at 16.0 points per game, along with 3.1 re­bounds and 2.4 as­sists, go­ing into the Rock­ets’ game Thurs­day night. Tal­ent, how­ever, has never been an is­sue. His big­gest ac­com­plish­ment to this point has been his avail­abil­ity. Gor­don has a com­pli­cated and ex­ten­sive in­jury his­tory, but he has been on the court for ev­ery game this sea­son.

Spot­light on Eric Gor­don: Rock­ets:

Hous­ton is in Den­ver on the sec­ond of a back-to-back set. The Rock­ets played Thurs­day night at Golden State. … James Har­den leads the team in scor­ing and as­sists. … The Rock­ets have lost three straight games to the Nuggets, who swept the sea­son se­ries in 2015-16. Nuggets: Will Bar­ton said he’s “feel­ing good, feel­ing bet­ter” on a sprained left an­kle that has cost him 11 games this sea­son. “I think I’m ready to go,” he said. The Nuggets could use him. They’ve pieced to­gether their shoot­ing­guard sit­u­a­tion with Bar­ton and Gary Har­ris out. Jameer Nel­son has started at “two guard” of late. … For­ward Darrell Arthur said he was still con­gested but re­turned to prac­tice Thurs­day. He’s likely to play. … Nikola Jo­kic was added to the in­jury re­port with a left wrist in­jury and is listed as ques­tion­able to play.

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