By Brett Dolan

6. Houston Rockets (7-4)

Jeremy Lin earned his first career triple-double and James Harden scored a game high 28 points Saturday, leading the Rockets to a 106-92 win over Cleveland at Toyota Center.

Lin scored 15 points off the bench, to go along with 11 rebounds and ten assists.

“It’s a great individual accomplishment to be able to get a triple double, that means you are doing everything well and I’m just happy for him,” Harden said about Lin’s big night.

“I didn’t know (he was chasing the triple-double) until I needed a couple of assists, when everyone started talking about it,” Lin said.

“He knew,” Harden countered. “It sounds good. But he knew.”

Lin shifted some of the credit to Patrick Beverly.

“He impacts the game in so many ways other than scoring,” he added. “He was so valuable tonight.”

Beverly had the oddest line of the game with 10 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and no points. He became the first NBA player with at least those numbers and no points in a game since steals became official in 1973-’74.

“We had 18 assists between Jeremy and Patrick,” said Kevin McHale. “They were fantastic. Jeremy had a really good game. We really needed it. He came out and brought good juice.”

Harden returned to the Rockets lineup Saturday after missing the two previous games with a thumb injury, contributing 10 made field goals. The Beard says his thumb felt “all right.”

“It didn’t get any worse and that’s the good part about it,” he added.

Dwight Howard poured in 26 points on 10-12 shooting from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. Terrence Jones added 17.

The Rockets improved to 32-17 on the season and will host the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.



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