Jeremy Lin 1-on-1 after 2OT win over the Raptors
The Rockets got all they could handle from the Raptors on Monday night at Toyota Center. They couldn’t put them away despite leading late in regulation. They couldn’t put them away despite leading late in the first overtime. Not until 58 minutes were complete, could the Rockets claim the win, their only on the now-completed three game home stand, as they beat the Raptors in double overtime, 110-104.
That was something,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. “That was not a pretty game. That will not be in Springfield, I promise you that.”
Springfield, of course, is the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Lin came off the Rockets bench and led the team with 31 points. That’s his second–best total in his Rockets career, behind only the 38 points he scored against San Antonio on Dec. 10, 2012.
He carried the Rockets offense, especially in the second half. He hit intermission with just five points on 1-of-5 shooting. He was sensational after halftime, hitting all but three of his 12 shots and pouring in 26 points through the second half and overtime.
His last two points came on a running floater in the lane with 33 seconds remaining that put the Rockets up four, which helped the Rockets finally put the Raptors away.
“That lefty shot that I hit at the end, I don’t think that I’ve ever done that in my life,” Lin said. “(I was) definitely in a zone to be able to attack and make plays.”
His teammates clearly recognized that he was having a great night and they started looking for him and he remained aggressive.
“I can remember off the top of my head, James and Chandler got me a few shots, swinging the ball,” Lin said.” They did a great job of finding me.”
James Harden had 26 points, but also led the team with 10 assists, his season high and a Rockets best this season.
“Jeremy made some big shots,” Harden said. “I was in a play-making mood and Jeremy knocked down shots throughout the entire game, he led us, especially in that overtime, credit to him.”
Lin’s 31 points were the most from a player off the bench for the Rockets since Jan. 10, 2010 when Carl Landry poured in 21 points.
“Jeremy was in attack mode,” McHale said. “Jeremy is one of the few guys right now that is shooting the ball with a little bit of confidence. He made some shots and he was big (for us).”