Instant Replay: Lin's triple-double lifts Rockets

Instant Replay: Lin's triple-double lifts Rockets
February 1, 2014, 9:30 pm
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The Rockets came out and treated the Cleveland Cavaliers like they were supposed to. They problem was they had to do it twice in order to emerge with the 106-92 victory. Behind Jeremy Lin's first career triple-double, Houston remained undefeated against the eastern conference at Toyota Center, now 10-0.

Houston built a 19-point lead in the second quarter, but Cleveland came all the way back and took a brief 63-61 lead early in the third quarter. Houston then outscored Cleveland 45-29 the rest of the game.

Pat Beverley nearly pulled the very rare double-double without scoring. He finished with 0 points, but 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. James Harden returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left thumb and led the Rockets with 28 points.

The game was over when
Jeremy Lin checked back in the game at 3:32 of fourth quarter with the Rockets up 98-86. Houston was clearly at their best tonight with the smaller lineup with Lin on the floor. Lin finished with a game high (plus-19) plus/minus rating.

Highlight of the night
In a masterful performance tonight, Lin had a beautiful no-look pass to a wide-open Dwight Howard at the rim for an easy slam. it put the Rockets up 82-68, just a couple minutes after the Cavaliers had taken a brief two-point lead.

Numbers of the night
Pretty easy to figure this one out, Lin's first career triple-double came at the request of the fans, who were chanting for him to get his tenth assist late in the game. He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The 11 rebounds set a new career high.

Next up
Houston will stay in Houston until their next game which isn't until Feb. 5. They will host Phoenix, who has already beaten the Rockets at Toyota Center. Phoenix claimed a 97-88 victory over Houston on Dec. 4. The 88 points were the fewest Houston had scored at home, before they scored only 87 in their 88-87 loss to Memphis last week. Houston shot just 35.2 percent in that game, their worst shooting game of the season. The Rockets also allowed the Suns 26 fast break points, the most they have allowed this season.

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