Kevin McHale singled out both James Harden and Jeremy Lin for leading the Rockets back over the Timberwolves.
The two combined for 61 points in Houston's 108-100 comeback victory. Harden had 37 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Lin had 24 points, eight assists, and four steals.
After mentioning the two of them earlier for Harden's offense and Lin for his defense, McHale reiterated his point again later in the same postgame press conference.
"I thought Jeremy's defense in the second half, his intensity, his defense was really as big of a part of us turning that thing around as James' offensive flow," McHale said.
When those compliments from Coach were brought up to Lin, he said, "I tried to focus on my defense the whole game. I think for me, it starts with me at the point guard position at the top. I'm just trying to get in and I'm just trying to make it difficult (for the opposition)."
For Harden, he started hearing MVP chants from Red Nation.
"It's definitely overwhelming coming from off the bench, sixth man (in Oklahoma City) to hearing MVP chants," Harden said. "I just try to stay humble with it and keep working hard. All the hard work I put in is going to help me on the court. We have some of the best fans in the NBA. I've just got to continue to work hard."
That hard work certainly paid off on Friday night: for both Harden and Lin.