Harden, Patterson help Rockets top Raptors 117-101

Harden, Patterson help Rockets top Raptors 117-101
November 27, 2012, 10:26 pm
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Houston Rockets acting coach Kelvin Sampson pays tribute to Sasha McHale, the daughter of Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who passed away on Nov. 24, 2012 from complication of Lupus. A moment of silence was held in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)


HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists, Patrick Patterson added 22 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 117-101 on Tuesday night.

Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won four in a row.

Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points and Terrence Ross added a career-high 19 for the Raptors, who have lost five straight.

The Rockets planned to fly to Minneapolis immediately after the game to attend Wednesday's funeral for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of coach Kevin McHale. Sasha McHale died on Saturday from complications of lupus. The team then will fly from Minneapolis to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Wednesday night - Harden's first game there since he was traded to Houston on Oct. 27.