The Houston Rockets took care of Toronto, then looked ahead to a long, emotional Wednesday. James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists to lead Houston over the Raptors 117-101 on Tuesday night. Patrick Patterson added 22 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season.
Now comes the hard part.
The Rockets planned to fly to Minneapolis immediately after the game to attend Wednesday’s memorial service for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of coach Kevin McHale. Sasha McHale died on Saturday from complications of lupus.