Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin tossed in 18 points and added six assists to help the host Houston Rockets to a 125-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night in NBA action. Lin was 8-for-12 from the floor.
"We were both just playing off of each other," Line said of meshing with Harden in the backcourt. "We were in a good rhythm today for sure. He attacked and I attacked, and that's how we like it . . . I am definitely being more aggressive."
Houston has buried at least 51.3 percent of its field-goal attempts and poured in at least 52 points in the paint in back-to-back games thanks to Lin and Harden's aggressive penetration and ball movement. The Rockets' starting backcourt has combined for 25.5 points on 57.9 percent (33-for-57) shooting and 12.0 assists per game over the last two contests.
"He's been so consistent getting to the foul line," Lin said of Harden. "People have had a tough time finding an answer for him. He's doing a great job keeping us going."
The Sixers remained within striking distance, trailing 98-90 more than four minutes into the fourth quarter, until the Rockets held Philadelphia to just two baskets over the next four minutes. Houston's success on the defensive end sparked a 17-5 run that gave it an insurmountable 115-95 lead with 3:48 remaining.
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