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Lin has mixed game as Rockets put down Nets 119-106

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Houston Rockets maintained their momentum Saturday with a 119-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Texas, after beating the Hornets in New Orleans the previous day.

It was the Rockets' first back-to-back win in nearly three weeks. The team grabbed 50 rebounds and had 31 assists versus the Nets' 31 and 21.

James Harden scored a game high 29 points and had seven assists, while Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik both made a double-double, with Parsons contributing 16 points and 11 assists, and Asik grabbing 20 points and 16 rebounds.

"We just played our game. That's what we're here for ... to be aggressive and to make plays not only for ourselves, but our teammates as well," Harden was quoted on as saying.

Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin shot 5 of 14 from the floor, scoring 14 points and making nine assists, five rebounds and one steal, including two three-pointers in the final quarter. But he also had six turnovers in his 35 minutes on court.

It was Lin's first faceoff against the Nets as a Rocket player, which brought back memories of how the Linsanity craze started last season.

At that time, Lin led the New York Knicks to seven straight victories, coming off the bench against the Nets on Feb. 4 last year. He outshone Nets star point guard Deron Williams, racking up 25 points and helping to secure a 99-92 win for the Knicks in that game.

Although Williams made a team-high 27 points on Saturday, his performance was overshadowed by Houston's second straight win following its worst slump of the season.

Moreover, the Nets star lost his temper and was taken off the court with 1:07 remaining after arguing with a referee.

"We were just trying to make it difficult (on Williams)," Lin was quoted as saying by AP.

"We had extra guys coming in to protect on when he would drive. We just tried to load on him really fast," Lin said.

The Rockets' next game is scheduled for Jan. 29 against the Utah Jazz.

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