McHale: Rockets' loss was self-inflicted
Before the final quarter of Wednesday's loss, James Harden and Omer Asik probably took center stage, but in the fourth, Jeremy Lin did what he could to bring the Rockets back.
The Rockets were leading at the end of the third quarter 86-83. Lin had been on the bench for the end of the third quarter and remained there for the beginning of the fourth. Toney Douglas had been doing a fine job at the point on both ends of the floor, but at the beginning of the fourth, the Rockets hit a lull until they brought Lin back into the lineup at the 9:43 mark.
Ultimately, in a stretch spanning the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth, the Nuggets went on a 22-2 run. Lin ended the Rockets' fourth quarter drought with two buckets and then dished out an assist right after that to Carlos Delfino for a three that brought the team back into the game.
For the fourth quarter, Lin totaled 13 of his 22 points and two of his five assists. In other words, Lin had a hand in 18 of the team's 24 points in the fourth. It ultimately wasn't enough, but if there was a positive note to that fourth quarter, it was that the Rockets would not quit.
Lin nearly led them back.