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New York will 'always be special': Houston's Lin

NEW YORK--After scoring a 106-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets with his new team the Houston Rockets on Friday, Jeremy Lin said that New York will always be special to him because of the memorable time he had last season.

"I miss the fans. Just like how crazy the Garden would get last year, and how loud and awesome the experience was. That's what I miss the most," said Lin, who shot to fame last season when he led his former team, the New York Knicks, to a seven-game winning streak.

He said that playing in Houston was very different since he gets less pressure and spotlight.

During Friday's game, the point guard of Taiwanese descent went for 4-of-11 from the floor to score nine points and made six assists and two rebounds as well as five turnovers. Some fans wore Lin's Rockets No. 7 jersey or his Knicks No. 17 jersey to show their support for the 24-year old.

But Lin was not in his best form even though he received a great ovation before the game started.

"Tonight I didn't really play my best game at all but I learned a lot," Lin said, adding that he needs to learn to be more effective in every NBA game.

Asked what the key was to win over the Nets, he said that "I think we're getting more mature as a team and as an individual ... we made it tough for them."

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