Jeremy Lin’s Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
The Rockets are in the midst of a three-game losing streak after falling to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime on Monday night. Jeremy Lin had one of his best games of the season in that contest, scoring a season-high 38 points. It was just his second 20-point outing of the season, and his first since early November.
Still, Lin's performance was not enough for Houston to get past the Spurs. The Rockets never led in overtime, and three Houston turnovers in the extra session allowed San Antonio to maintain its lead.
The point guard's scoring outburst was even more impressive considering it came without one of Houston's best players on the court. Guard James Harden missed the Spurs contest with a sprained ankle, leading at least one of our writers to wonder if Lin would be better off without Harden on his team.
Harden returned to practice on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, though he is still questionable for the Wizards contest. Meanwhile, Lin himself left that practice with a sprained ankle of his own, so his status for the Wizards game is also up in the air.
Even with a hobbled Harden and/or Lin, the Rockets should theoretically have little difficulty defeating the Wizards. Washington has just three wins on the season after picking up its third victory last night against the New Orleans Hornets. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 26 points, 12 of them in the fourth quarter.
This contest was the Wizards first road victory of the season. Houston, meanwhile, has lost its last two contests at home after winning seven of its first 10 games at the Toyota Center.
Ironically, Harden almost became a member of the Wizards this summer. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Washington turned down a trade offer from Harden's former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Owner Ted Leonsis apparently did not want to commit to a large contract extension for the guard. Harden ended up being traded to the Rockets just before the start of the regular season.
Crawford is the Wizards' leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game. He also has racked up at least 20 points in five of Washington's contests this season and leads the Eastern Conference in points scored off the bench. Despite Crawford's efforts, the Wizards are still last in the NBA in scoring, averaging just 90.3 points per game.
Houston swept the two-game series with the Wizards last season, with the latter of those games a 103-76 blowout at the Toyota Center. In fact, Washington has lost 21 of its last 25 games in Houston, according to NBA.com.
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