Rockets win in OT after firing coach Kevin McHale

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The Houston Rockets needed overtime to win their first game under interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The Rockets had fired head coach Kevin McHale earlier in the day before taking on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center.

A late three pointer by Corey Brewer forced the extra session and Houston ended up winning 108-103. The Rockets were paced by James Harden who scored 45 points on the night (this is the third time he has scored 40+ points on the season).

The win snaps a 4-game losing streak for the Rockets as they improve to 5-7 on the season.


 

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that Kevin McHale has been relieved of his duties as head coach.  Rockets assistant coach J.B. (John-Blair) Bickerstaff will serve as interim head coach.  In addition, assistant coach Chris Finch was promoted to associate head coach.

The Rockets have been struggling as they have opened the season 4-7 after finishing last season in the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets opened their 2015-2016 season by losing their first three games by an average of 20 points per game. The Rockets are currently mired in a 4-game losing streak.

In four-plus seasons with the Rockets, McHale compiled a regular season mark of 323-193 (.598), including a record of 4-7 this season.

Yahoo Sports’  Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the firing of head coach Kevin McHale.