Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Houston Rockets Streamroll New York Knicks
In point guard Jeremy Lin's first match against his former team, he and the Houston Rockets demolished the New York Knicks 131-103. In a game that featured all offense and no defense, the Rockets put the game out of reach late in the first half with a 16-3 run.
Jeremy Lin and shooting guard James Harden received plenty of help from their teammates, as the entire Houston offense made everything work against the third-ranked Knicks defense. Lin put up 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists to go along with a plus-24 differential.
I'm not looking to recreate what happened in New York. I want to be a consistent player. I want to get better. I don't know what my potential is. I don't know if I can play any better than I did during that stretch, but I'm going to find out to see how close I can get.
Lin's backcourt teammate—Harden—was effective nearly every time he got the ball. He scored 33 points on 15 shots, including 16-of-16 free-throw shooting. He added nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block for good measure.
The Rockets as a team were unstoppable on offense. They shot 52 percent from the field, including 56 percent from three-point range, and 89 percent from the charity stripe. Small forward Chandler Parson embarrassed Carmelo Anthony, scoring at will. He put up 31 points on only 17 shots and also grabbed four steals.
Was this game about the Rockets' offense or the Knicks' defense?
After a promising start to their season, the Knicks have now been run ragged in two straight games to fall to 8-3. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson recognizes the problems. He commented after the game:
They beat us in every way you can beat a team. I know throughout the course of the year or the season you have games like this, but it's not acceptable. We just weren't ready to play and that's on me.
The Rockets next host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, when they will be attempting to get back to .500 on the season. If they can play offense against Toronto the way they did against New York, they will have no problem winning the game.
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