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Houston never trailed again after pulling away with McGrady on the bench.
Notes: Oklahoma City F Desmond Mason missed the game with a sprained right elbow. Team doctors are expected to re-evaluate him in 10 days. ... Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo said he considered Pete Newell, the former college and Olympic coach who died Monday at age 93 to be "a great friend and a great man." The two got to know each other through basketball camps decades ago and grew closer when Carlesimo coached the Golden State Warriors. ... Houston has won nine straight games in the series
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