Houston 109, New York 96

Date - Monday, December 17, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - #11 Derrick Collins, #10 Ron Garretson, #72 J.T. Orr
Attendance - 19033

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Houston 29 27 27 26 109
New York 31 11 18 36 96

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 12-12 9-5 3-7 W1
New York 18-6 10-1 8-5 L1


Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin collected 22 points and eight assists in his return to Madison Square Garden as Houston snapped a seven-game road losing skid while handing New York its first home loss.

James Harden, who had 33 points in the teams' previous meeting last month, scored 28 points and matched a career high with 10 rebounds on Monday. The Rockets pulled away after holding the Knicks to a 4-for-23 effort from the field during their season-low 11-point second quarter.

Signed to a backloaded three-year, $25 million deal in the offseason, Lin initially received a loud ovation before the tone slowly changed. Lin heard a smattering of boos as the game went on, although he was "cheered" after shooting an airball.

Lin drilled a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 run to start the second quarter. After Chris Copeland scored nine straight points to trim the Knicks' deficit to five in the third quarter, Harden highlighted a 15-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers as Houston seized a 73-55 lead.

Copeland started in place of Carmelo Anthony and scored a career-high 29 points for the Knicks, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 10-1 at home.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Anthony missed his second straight game with a left ankle injury. ... Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to practice with the Knicks' D-League team on Wednesday. Stoudemire hasn't played this season following left knee surgery. ... Houston also throttled New York in the teams' first encounter with a 131-103 victory on Nov. 23.

Top Game Performances

Houston   New York
James Harden 28 Scoring Chris Copeland 29
Jeremy Lin 9 Assists Pablo Prigioni 5
James Harden 10 Rebounds Tyson Chandler 18
James Harden 8 Free Throws Made Chris Copeland 4
Chandler Parsons 5 Steals Chris Copeland 2
Omer Asik 3 Blocks Tyson Chandler 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Houston 109 51.3 10-29 19-24 18 42 4 13 18
New York 96 43.3 9-31 9-16 15 45 2 8 17

Upcoming Games

  • New York will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Knicks have a W/L % of .737 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Rockets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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