Jeremy Lin returned to Madison Square Garden on Monday night. This was the arena where he made name for himself last season, and parlayed that into a lot of money this season, although a long way away with the Houston Rockets.
Coming into the game against the New York Knicks, the Rockets had lost seven straight road games while the Kinicks had not lost at home all season. But tonight all that would change as the Rockets won 109-96. Carmelo Anthony sat out for the second game in a row with a sprained ankle.
Lin had 22 points and eight assists and James Harden led Houston with 28 points. Chris Copeland led the Knicks with 29 points. Houston went to the locker room at halftime up 56-42 after out-scoring New York 27-11 in the second quarter.
”It was a lot of fun playing out there and I think our team, we took a step in the right direction,” Lin said. ”And for me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to play on that court again.”
The Knicks fell to 18-6 while the Rockets evened their record at 12-12.
In other NBA action, the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 11th in a row with a statement win over the San Antonio Spurs 109-93. Serge Ibaka had a monster game with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Thunder who ran their record to 20-4. The Spurs dropped to 19-7.
The Los Angeles Clippers won for the 10th game in a row, sweeping their four game eastern road trip with a 88-76 win over the Detroit Pistons. Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 15 points each. The Clippers are now 18-6 on the season while the Pistons fell to 7-20.
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls in a game between division leaders 80-71. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 17 points ans they ran their record to 16-6. The Bulls dropped to 13-10.
The Orlando Magic came back from 15 points down led by Glen Davis with 28 points for their third win in a row with a 102-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Magic improved to 11-13 while the Wolves fell to 12-10. Minnesota had a 61-49 lead at the half but managed only 32 points in the second half.
The Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 101-90, coming back from a 19 point hole in the first half. Shannon Brown had 22 points for the Suns while Jared Dudley chipped in 20 points. The Suns are now 10-15 while the Kings dropped to 7-17.