Lin's injury happened midway through the third quarter when he collided with Bucks forward Larry Sanders. The point guard was noticeably bloodied on the play and had to be taken to the locker room for further examination.
Though it wound up being a mere flesh wound, the Rockets went on a torrid run in Lin's absence. Down 58-52 when he left the game, Houston was ahead 77-72 by the time Lin was patched up and ready to go again at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Rockets' third-quarter ascent made up for a first 24 minutes where their defensive struggles once again reared their ugly head. The Bucks went into halftime ahead 58-49 on the strength of a brilliant 37-point second quarter that saw the entire team spread the wealth.
In fact, that was a bit of a theme for Milwaukee throughout the night. The team's leading scorer, Brandon Jennings, had just 16 points as seven different players touched double digits.
The Rockets, on the other hand, used a much more top-heavy approach to get the job done. Kevin McHale got a fantastic performance from the bench trio of Patrick Patterson, Carlos Delfino and Toney Douglas, who combined to score a whopping 58 points.
Those three, along with James Harden, were absolutely vital in the fourth quarter when Houston ultimately pulled away for an easy win.
Player of the Game: James Harden
If it's at all possible, Harden put together a very quiet 29 points on Friday night. The Rockets superstar shot the ball a relatively low 18 times, making 11 and also added seven assists and four steals for the game.
It seems like just about every night Harden wins this honor, but no Houston player affects the game in nearly as many ways. Just another great performance in a season full of them for Harden.
What's Next for the Rockets?
The 19-14 Rockets' road trip will continue on Saturday night when they head to the Quicken Loans Arena to play the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What's Next for the Bucks?