‘Linsanity’ strikes NY

Lin returns to arena where it all started

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11:43 PM December 18th, 2012

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December 18th, 2012 11:43 PM

NEW YORK—Jeremy Lin won again at Madison Square Garden, and for the first time this season, the New York Knicks didn’t.

Lin had 22 points and eight assists in his return to New York, leading the Houston Rockets to a 109-96 victory Monday that ended the Knicks’ 10-game home winning streak to open the season.

Cheered then jeered, and later clobbered, Lin added another masterpiece to the ones he put together last season during the height of Linsanity. No longer the fan favorite he was when wearing the home uniform, Lin got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and Houston leading by 16.

James Harden had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.

Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka equaled his career best with 25 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds as the Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs, 107-93, for their 11th straight win.

Mike Conley had 17 points, and Zach Randolph added 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Chicago Bulls, 80-71.

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Jamal Crawford scored 15 points and Chris Paul added 14 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Detroit Pistons, 88-76, for their 10th straight win.

The Orlando Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-93 as Glen Davis scored 28 points and JJ Redick had 18 points and seven assists, while Shannon Brown scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter of the Phoenix Suns’ 101-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings. AP

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