Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Jeremy Lin continued his struggle with shooting consistency Friday during a 114-92 loss by the Houston Rockets to the San Antonio Spurs.
Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, scored just four points in his 26 minutes on court and shot 0-for-3 from behind the arc. He also had four assists, six rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in the game in San Antonio.
Of Lin's past 10 showings, he has fluctuated between double-digit points in five games and no more than six points in the other five, including 19 points against the Utah Jazz Dec. 1 and 4 points Dec. 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Only three Rockets scored double digits in Friday's game, led by James Harden's game-highest 29 points. Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas each added 10 points, according to the Rockets' official website.
In comparison, Tony Parker led the Spurs with 17 points, followed by Tiago Splitter's 15 points and 12 points each by four other players.
The Spurs led the game 57-45 by halftime and extended the lead to 30 points two minutes into the fourth quarter.
On his team's offensive struggles, Lin was quoted as saying on the website that "I think we missed a lot of shots that we normally make, to be honest. I think they did a good job of taking away our first option."
"That's what we strive to become. We've seen little glimpses of it. You might see it in a great game, half, or a stretch when we play like that. But we've got to get to the point where we're running the system," Lin said, commenting on the 16-4 Spurs' performance in games this season.
The 9-9 Rockets will be trying to score their seventh straight win at home Saturday in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Jamie Wang)