Some of the Rockets' early-season struggles were created by the lack of chemistry between these two guards, which was understandable, since neither of them had ever played together at this level.
Both Lin and Harden excel when the ball is in their hands for most of each offensive possession, so finding a balance between them was going to take some time.
It now appears that they have finally figured out how to excel when on the court at the same time, and this was evident in the team's impressive 120-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day.
Harden led the Rockets with 26 points and Lin finished with 20 points, helping Houston defeat another top-tier team from the Eastern Conference.
Lin and Harden have been fantastic for the Rockets during the team's current four-game winning streak, and the stats help tell the story.
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If Lin and Harden continue to play well, it's going to be tough for teams to beat the Rockets because this guard duo is one of the league's best.
Houston ranks first in the NBA in scoring and seventh in assists, and the Lin/Harden combo is a major reason for these impressive rankings.
Houston must keep playing at a high level to earn a postseason berth because the Western Conference playoff race is going to be very competitive. Teams six through 13 in the West standings are only separated by 4.5 games.
As Lin and Harden build even more chemistry together, they will lead the Rockets to the playoffs. Both of them provide a lot of scoring and intelligent offensive play to their team in each game.
They are each capable of taking and making important shots in late-game situations. A lot of teams don't have two players with this ability.
Thanks to their depth and the improving Lin/Harden combo, the Rockets will make the playoffs this year and give their first-round opponent a great series.
Houston's defense must improve for a deep playoff run, but the team's three-year playoff drought should end this season.
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