Parsons near perfect; Lin strong in Rockets win (Chinese)

Parsons near perfect; Lin strong in Rockets win (Chinese)
March 4, 2013, 12:30 am
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Lin, Parsons lead Rockets over Mavs (Chinese)

In this Mandarin Minute, Howard Chen AKA 陳定豪 discusses the strong performances of Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons along with the rest of the Rockets in a big team win over the Mavericks.

Houston annihilated the Mavericks 136-103. Parsons was almost perfect, shooting 12-13 from the field, including 6-7 from three-point land. If had made that shot he missed, he would've surpassed Yao Ming for the best shooting effort in Rockets history. Parsons finished with a total of 32 points.

Lin and fellow guard James Harden each finished with 21 points. Combined, they had 16 assists and only two turnovers.

After the game, Kevin McHale was asked about Lin's play.

"Jeremy's had a lot of good games for us," McHale said. "That's the high end. I mean, anytime you have 8-14 (shooting), 21 points, nine assists, two turnovers, that's high end for everybody. That's high end for Chris Paul (of the Clippers; widely regarded as the best point guard in the league). So he's played a lot of games where he's had high-end games. Like all our young guys, as you get older, you just get more consistent. Now I'm not saying you're going to have 21 and nine (assists) all the time, but you find your level. Then, you kind of go out there and maintain a consistency.

"I think what Jeremy proved last year is: his high-end ceiling... he can get on a roll and sustain it for awhile."

As for the game itself, it WAS close. At the half, the Rockets only led 64-61. But then, the Rockets started the third quarter on a 15-0 run, outscoring the Mavs 44-17 in the third. It was pretty much garbage time after that as the Rockets thoroughly dominated. In fact, the Rockets had more points in the third (44) than the Mavs had the entire second half (42).

Houston's next game takes place on Wednesday against the same Mavericks team that they beat up on Sunday. This time, though, the game will be on the road on Dallas' home turf.

Houston's win snapped a nine-game skid against the Mavs.