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The Houston Rockets get their 20th win on the season after taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104.
The bench once again came up big for the Rockets as Greg Smith finished with his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Patrick Patterson continues to do great off the bench as he finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino chipped in 9 points and Toney Douglas scored 6 points as well.
Jeremy Lin had a fantastic game shooting the ball. He looked more comfortable shooting the three-ball than I have ever seen him in a Rockets uniform. He finished with 20 points on 7-13 shooting and 3-5 from downtown. He also chipped in 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
James Harden has scored more than 25 points for the 12th straight game. He is now just one game shy of tying the team record which is held by Moses Malone. He struggled throughout most of the game but showed up when it mattered in the 4th. He finished with 29 points and a career high 7 steals. He was also 14-15 from the free-throw line.
Kyrie Irving is one of the most exciting players I have ever watched. Watching him and Harden go at it was truly a treat. He may have had an awful 8 turnovers but he shows night in and night out that he is on his way to being one of the best players in the NBA. He also dropped 29 points to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He has a few things he needs to work on but the future is very bright for him and Cleveland fans should still be excited even though they are just 8-27 on the season.
The Rockets will now get two days off before they face Kobe Bryant and the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in Houston.