Originally written November 27, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
HOUSTON -- In the first game after the death of their coach's daughter, the Houston Rockets scorched the nets in a 117-101 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center. Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of coach Kevin McHale, died Saturday after a long battle with lupus. Interim coach Kelvin Sampson again led the Rockets in place of McHale, who took a leave of absence beginning Nov. 10 to be with his family. The Rockets (7-7) doubled their 10-point halftime lead during a runaway third quarter, shooting 11-for-19 in that period, including 7-for-11 on 3-pointers. Houston wound up shooting 53 percent for the game, 50 percent from long range (13-for-26). Rockets guard James Harden scored 13 of his team-high 24 points in the third quarter, and Patrick Patterson tallied 15 of his 22. "Since we won these last three games, especially this game being such an emotional game, I think we're moving forward in the right direction," Patterson ...
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