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Lin leads Rockets to rout in his return to New York


February 19. 2013 10:34PM
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NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin won again at Madison Square Garden — and for the first time this season, the New York Knicks didn't.


Lin had 22 points and eight assists in his return to New York, leading the Houston Rockets to a 109-96 victory Monday night that ended the Knicks' 10-game home winning streak to open the season.


Cheered then jeered, and later clobbered, Lin added another masterpiece to the ones he put together last season during the height of Linsanity. No longer the fan favorite he was when wearing the home uniform, Lin got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16.


James Harden had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who blew out the Knicks for the second time this season. They have won the last seven meetings, including a 131-103 rout in Houston on Nov. 23.


Rookie Chris Copeland scored a career-high 29 points for the Knicks, who played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony and had their four-game winning streak snapped. They fell to 18-6, matching the record they finished last season with under Mike Woodson.



Grizzlies 80, Bulls 71

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley had 17 points, Zach Randolph added 10 points and 15 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a poor start to beat the Chicago Bulls.


Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Marco Belinelli finished with 13 points.


Thunder 107, Spurs 93

OKLAHOMA CITY — Serge Ibaka tied his career-best with 25 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs.


Tony Parker and Nando De Colo had 14 points apiece to lead the Spurs.


Magic 102, Timberwolves 93

ORLANDO, Fla. — Glen Davis scored 28 points and J.J. Redick had 18 points and seven assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Kevin Love had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves.


Clippers 88, Pistons 76

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jamal Crawford scored 15 points and Chris Paul added 14 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their 10th straight win.


Blake Griffin had 15 points for Los Angeles.




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