Jeremy Lin finally faced his former team the New York Knicks Friday night, and came out on the winning end of a high octane offensive game for the Houston Rockets.
While the “Linsanity” reunion was the headlining act, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons stole the spotlight early.
Parsons ended the night with a career-high 31 points, while adding 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals on a night he won’t soon forget. Parsons surpassed his previous career-high of 25 points, by scoring 26 in the first half, while 18 of those points were scored in the first quarter.
Carmelo Anthony ended the night with 37 points, and also scored 18 in the first quarter.
The spotlight didn’t take long to shift, as Anthony and Parsons put on a show in front of 18,000 fans.
James Harden added 33 points, 9 assists, and went a perfect 16-16 at the free throw line. Harden’s career highs were 15 free throws made, and 17 free throws attempted.
Lin busted out of his slump by shooting 50% on the night, well above his 33% mark on the season. Lin chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists on a night where all eyes were on him.
The Rockets consistently kept pressure on the Knicks from the start, but broke free in the third quarter and found themselves leading by 21 points.
Omer Asik who has turned into the most consistent, and beneficial addition for the Rockets this year scored 18 points, and grabbed 14 rebounds. Expecting a double-double from Asik is now turning into the norm as fans in Houston are finally treated with a young mobile center that’s progressing well as a starter.
The Rockets put on an offensive onslaught tonight, ending the half with 72 points. This was the first time that happened since 1993.
The Rockets travel to New York Dec. 17 in what promises to be a ruckus crowd awaiting Jeremy Lin’s return.