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Jeremy Lin makes impressive debut in Rockets' victory against Detroit

TAIPEI -- Jeremy Lin scored 12 points and dished out eight assists Wednesday night in Detroit to help the Houston Rockets beat the Pistons 105-96 in the season opener for both teams.

Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, also chipped in four steals and four rebounds during his 35 minutes on court. The 24-year-old point guard nevertheless had four turnovers and four fouls.

James Harden, the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year, whom the Rockets acquired in a surprise tradeoff with the Oklahoma City Thunder just four days before the opening of the 2012-13 season, poured in a memorable 37 points and made 12 assists in his Rockets debut.

The 23-year-old brought the Rockets back in the fourth quarter when the Pistons were leading 83-72. Harden started the comeback with a 3-pointer and also pretty much put the game away with a three-point play with 1:27 remaining on the clock, putting the Rockets ahead 104-94.

The game was not only Lin's debut with the Rockets in the regular season but also the first-ever opening night start of his young NBA career.

Furthermore, it was his first appearance in a regular match since he last faced the Pistons with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden March 25, during which he sustained a knee injury.

Asked in a pregame interview whether the milestone carried any significance for him, Lin said he was just wanting to help the team win.

“We really want to get this game. We want to get off to the right start,” Lin told a Rockets.com reporter.

The Rockets will next face Atlanta Hawks Friday (U.S. time) in an away game.

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