(NEW YORK) — Jeremy Lin made sure his return to New York was triumphant one.
Lin had 22 points and eight assists against his former team, and the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 109-96 at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Lin, who had emerged with the Knicks last season before signing with the Rockets in the offseason, was cheered intially then booed by the Knicks fans, but got the last laugh in the end. “It was a lot of fun playing out there and I think our team, we took a step in the right direction,” Lin said. “And for me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to play on that court again.”
The Rockets (12-12) got 28 points from James Harden, and have won seven straight meetings against New York.
Rookie Chris Copeland scored a career-high 29 points for the Knicks (18-6), who were still without Carmelo Anthony, who is dealing with an ankle injury.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN