The Houston Rockets started hot and stayed that way, blowing out the New York Knicks in the first matchup between Jeremy Lin and his former team.
Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31 points, James Harden dropped 33 (on 15 field-goal attempts) and Omer Asik posted 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony hit 7-of-12 threes and finished with 37 points. Only two other Knicks (Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith) managed to reach double figures.
On a night where Lin was supposed to be the big story, absolutely everything went right for the Rockets and the Knicks' supposedly strong defense disappeared. All that relegated Lin, who had a nice game in his own right, to a mere subplot.
Going forward, the Knicks have some serious questions to answer about their defensive effort. They gave up three quarters of at least 32 points against the Rockets, after allowing two similar periods in their last game against the Dallas Mavericks. Suddenly, their team defensive numbers are below average.
Houston, on the other hand, looked unstoppable on offense and on the boards. They'll need more games like this to climb back into the playoff race out West.
This'll be a game the Rockets look to build on, while the Knicks will try to forget it as soon as possible.
Final Score: Rockets 131, Knicks 103
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