Houston coach Kevin McHale had only a few minutes to talk with Earl Boykins before Monday night's game against Sacramento.

Boykins, who was signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, didn't arrive at the Toyota Center until less than an hour before game time. Still, McHale didn't hesitate to play the 12-year veteran and felt good about him lining up for free throws late in overtime with the game on the line.

"That's the value of having guys like Marcus Camby and Earl Boykins," McHale said. "They have played a ton of games ... they've been doing it their whole lives and there's just a calmness about them and an assuredness."

Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 24 points and Boykins hit four free throws for Houston late in overtime to lead the Rockets to a 113-106 win over the Sacramento Kings.

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