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This was the game both the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks had circled on their calendars. The return of Jeremy Lin. It looks like Linsanity got the last laugh after tonight as the Houston Rockets blow out the New York Knicks 109-96.
It’s no question that Jeremy Lin has struggled so far this season. He even went as far to call his play so far as “terrible.” That all changed tonight in Madison Square Garden. Lin was back in his old stomping grounds. The New York fans gave him a very well deserved ovation with just a few boo’s mixed in. It was easy to see from the get-go that Lin was going to be more determined and aggressive as ever before against his former team.
After everyone in New York, including Stephen A. Smith said Lin would not be missed and that Raymond Felton was better, he made them eat their words. Lin finished with 22 points on 9-15 shooting, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 38 minutes. He was also given a standing ovation as he was substituted at the end of the game.
Felton had a decent game but was definitely outplayed by Lin. He finished with 14 points on 7-18 shooting, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes. Another stat that jumps out to me is that Lin went +18 while Felton went -11.
This is exactly what Lin needed to move on from the past. He can finally let go of everything that happened to him last year and worry about his future in the NBA and with the Rockets. The only problem I have with his performance is where has this been all season? He should be playing with this fire every night not just against his former team.
Hopefully this is the start of a new beginning for Lin and the Rockets. Linsanity 2.0 sounds nice to me. What do you guys think?