Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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HOUSTON - Carlos Delfino's vital role as a stabilizing force continues to pay dividends. The combination of a healthy Delfino plus superior ball-handling provided the Houston Rockets the foundation necessary to produce a 123-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Toyota Center. Delfino missed losses to the Spurs and Thunder with food poisoning. He returned with verve on New Year's Eve, producing 22 points and eight assists off the bench to help the Rockets (17-14) close 2012 with a bang. "He played really well for us, and we needed it too," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "Carlos just came in, moved the ball, made shots ... and he just played simple basketball. He made simple plays and it was how he plays. He lets the game come to him. He makes the right play." After the Hawks (19-10) sliced what was once a 21-point deficit to five points on John Jenkins' 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, Delfino hit a 3-pointer and added a transition layup to help...
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