NEW YORK: The National Basketball Association suspended Houston Rockets star forward James Harden for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the groin, the league said Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The NBA slapped league-scoring leader Harden with a one-game ban for his actions during Saturday’s contest. The incident took place in the third quarter of Houston’s 105-103 overtime win. Officials initially assessed Harden with a flagrant foul, but the league upgraded it to a flagrant No. 2 foul after reviewing the tape of the altercation. Harden will be forced to sit out when the Rockets visit Eastern Conference leader Atlanta on Tuesday.