Jeremy Lin showed again his knack for sparking late rallies that win close game in Utah Saturday night with a 20-point performance that rekindled memories of Linsanity days and gave the Rockets a 3-0 season start.
The Rockets got off to a slow start and was trailing 16-24 at the end of the 1st quarter and 40-56 at the half. Only a 20-point half by Chandler Parsons kept Houston in the game as the team’s superstars Dwight Howard and James Harden struggled with shots and ball handling.
Halfway through the 4th quarter Utah was leading 83-81 when Lin made a turnaround fadeaway shot to kick off an 9-point scoring burst in a 4-minute stretch that put the Rockets ahead 97-90 and all but out of reach.
Lin also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal during his 36 minutes of play.
Lin was among the starters on Friday and Saturday nights after Patrick Beverly suffered a rib injury in Wednesday’s season opener.