Aggressive Lin helps Rockets beat Spurs

Aggressive Lin helps Rockets beat Spurs
January 29, 2014, 9:00 am
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Jeremy Lin said he knew he wasn’t going to be able to get to the hole, so he killed some time before he drove, pulled up, and hit a fade-away bank shot over Tony Parker.

“I just wanted to get to a sweet spot,” Lin said.

He found it.

Lin hit that shot with just under 50 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s 97-90 win over the Spurs to seal the victory.

“I thought he played really well,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. “I thought Jeremy had a really nice game for us. I thought he moved the ball well. He had eight assists. I thought he was just really solid for us tonight. And we needed it. He played aggressively, made a really big basket down the stretch.”

The Rockets were without their leading scorer, James Harden, on Tuesday but several other players came up big. Lin was one. Lin started and scored 18 points and dished out eight assists in 44 minutes. He was the only player who played over 40 minutes.

Lin scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

Because of Harden’s absence, Lin was forced to become more aggressive, which is when he’s at his best.

“That definitely helps,” Lin said about being forced into playing aggressively. “That can only help. I was able to be in some pick-and-rolls and angle screens and a lot of transition. There's a lot of space and like you said, the team kind of needed me to be more aggressive and that's kind of my style. I got to find a way to be that consistently for this team.”