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Lin scores 21, but Rockets crushed by Warriors

2013/03/18 17:54:13

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) In spite of 21 points scored by Jeremy Lin, a lackluster offense by the Houston Rockets led to a 108-78 sweep by the Golden State Warriors in Houston Sunday.

"Obviously, tonight was bad in every which way that you want to look at it," Lin was quoted as saying by AP.

Lin shot 9-of-16 from the field for 21 points and made four assists. James Harden also contributed 21 points as well as 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Both clubs got less than 30 percent shooting in the first eight minutes of the game, but the Warriors soon found a rhythm and started to dominate, holding a 23-point lead at halftime.

The Rockets made a 15-6 run in the third quarter on the Lin-Harden duo's three-point shots and layup shots and had narrowed the deficit to 59-50 by the 6:32 mark.

The momentum, however, was not brought into the final quarter. Coming into the game as the highest-scoring team in NBA, the Rockets only shot 3-of-23 from the field.

"I've never seen us shoot like that before," Lin said.

"We didn't do anything right tonight and it was just one of those nights. We can dwell on it, or we can come out and kick the crap out of the next however-many opponents we have at home," Lin was quoted by as saying.

Warriors Stephen Curry, on the other hand, scored 29 points, including five three-pointers, and had 11 assists.

Houston was 1/2 game ahead of the Golden State before Sunday's game. It sought vainly to replace the Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference to earn the seed edge in the post-season games.

The Rockets, trailing the Warriors by 1 1/2 games, will play the Utah Jazz March 21.

(By Lin Hung-han and Nell Shen)