Linsanity showed up tonight, but it wasn’t enough to get passed a tough veteran Spurs team. Jeremy Lin had his best game as a Rocket by far finishing with 38 points on 11-21 shooting from the field, 4-5 from three and 12-12 from the line. He also picked up 7 assists, 3 rebounds and two steals.
With James Harden out due to an ankle injury Lin stepped up and took on the role of the playmaker, which he is great at. Hopefully this will show Harden and the coaching staff that the beard isn’t the only player on this team who can make things happen. Lin showed signs of his New York Knicks days as he was attacking the basket with confidence.
Omer Asik finally got back on track as well after struggling the past three games. He finished with another double-double with a career high 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Another player who has been struggling lately is Marcus Morris. He also stepped up tonight with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench. The Rockets desperately need him to score and bring energy every night.
Gary Neal was lights out from behind the arc for the Spurs, finishing with 29 points on 7-10 from downtown. Tony Parker finished with his first career triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. These two guys were the difference and lead their team to a overtime win.
If you’re the Rockets you shouldn’t hang your head too low. The team’s best player was out and you competed the entire game with a top-3 team in the league. The Rockets will look to get back on track against the terrible Washington Wizards Wednesday night.