Jeremy Lin‘s triple double leads Rockets to 31st victory
Though it didn’t look safe the whole game, the Houston Rockets held a sizable lead for most of the 48 minutes, to take home the 106-92 victory.
It was the Jeremy Lin show tonight, as he recorded his first ever triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in 29 minutes off the bench. Lin’s final assist came with under one minute to play as he dished it off to Howard in the post, who then spun right and put up the lefty hook off the glass to bring the crowd to a frenzy.
The Rockets were in control for most of the game. They held a large lead in the second quarter as the end of the first half was nearing, but the Cavaliers then went on a small run on their own to cut the Rockets lead to just 9 points to end the half.
The Rockets (as usual) came out flat in the third quarter allowing the Cavaliers to totally wipe away the lead and tie up the game early in the third quarter. Coach McHale immediately went to his bench brining in Lin and Donatas Motiejunas as the Rockets were looking for a spark. From then on it was all Rockets as they propelled the team to their 14-point victory.
Though Lin’s stat line should be mentioned on it’s own, Patrick Beverley had an interesting one himself. I think Leila Rahimi (CSN Houston) said it best regarding Beverley’s stat line, calling it the “Anti-Melo”. Beverley finished with 0 points, 10 boards, 8 assists, and 5 steals, and was a +15 when on the court. It’s great seeing both Rockets point guards getting double figure rebound totals, and the only two players with 10+ rebounds for the Rockets tonight.
With Anderson Varejao out, the Rockets took advantage of the mismatch down low. Dwight Howard finished with 26 points and 6 rebounds on 10-12 shooting, abusing Tyler Zeller most of the night. Terrence Jones had another big first quarter and finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Chandler Parsons sat out most of the second half, and finished with just 7 points in 19 minutes. No word on if Parsons sat due to injury, or simply McHale going with the Lin.
The Rockets get a nice break as they wait for the Phoenix Suns to come to town on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.