HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Jeremy Lin tallied his first career triple-double as he helped lead the Houston Rockets to a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night at Toyota Center. Lin scored 15 points and tallied 11 rebounds with 10 assists in a reserve role, becoming the first Rocket to achieve a triple-double off the bench since Cedric Maxwell in 97-98 season.
It appeared the Rockets would have no problem putting away the Cavs early as they built a 19 point lead during the first half. James Harden drained a triple with .6 seconds remaking in the half to give the Rockets a 61-52 lead at the intermission.
The Cavs would respond in the second half, rallying from a nine point first-half deficit with an 11-0 run, taking a 63-61 advantage. It would be the first, and only lead in the second half.
The Rockets answered back with a 9-0 run, capped off by a Dwight Howard offensive rebound and dunk with 5:56 remaining in the third, giving the Rockets a 72-63 advantage.
The Rockets would lead by as many as 16 in the final period. Lin, needing only an assist to complete the triple-double, found Dwight Howard for a lay-up with 53.5 seconds remaining causing an eruption from what remained of the sold-out Toyota Center crowd as he sealed the feat.
Howard finished with 26 points and 6 boards on the night for Houston while Harden tallied a game high 28 in the Rocket victory. Omri Casspi scored 9 points off the bench against his former club. Patrick Beverley did not score, but chipped in with 10 rebounds and eight assists for Houston.
Luol Deng scored 24 to lead the Cleveland scoring while Kyrie Irving chipped in with 21 points and seven assists.
The Rockets, now winners of three straight, will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center.
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