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Jeremy Lin (left) has scored in double figures in each of the last three games. (Photo: REUTERS)
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The Rockets sit at two games over .500 after three straight victories last week. Their most recent win was a triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Guard James Harden led the squad with 31 points, and Houston scored 121 points against the top defense in the NBA. In fact, the Rockets have averaged over 118 points per game during their three-game winning streak.
In fact, Houston's scoring prowess over the last few games has lifted the squad to the top of the NBA in points per game. The Rockets have been particularly deadly in the first half as of late, scoring 72 points in the first two quarters against the New York Knicks and 64 points in the first 30 minutes against the Grizzlies. Houston has scored at least 60 points in the first halves of 10 games this season.
Jeremy Lin has done his part during Houston's three-game winning streak as well. The point guard has scored in double figures in each of those contests, including a double-double on Saturday night. Lin is also currently ninth in the NBA in steals per game and already has three or more takeaways in seven games this season.
But Jeremy Lin's most impressive performance in this stretch may have been a 22-point effort against his former squad, the New York Knicks. As we previously reported, Lin was heckled throughout the contest by "30 Rock" star and devoted Knicks fan Tracy Morgan, but the point guard did not let the pressure get to him in his first game at Madison Square Garden since leaving New York in the offseason.
The Bulls, meanwhile, dropped to 15-11 on the season after a blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were the only Chicago players to score in double figures, and the Hawks starters outscored Chicago's by 33 points.
Houston's best strategy on Saturday is to try to hold the Bulls under 100 points. Chicago is undefeated this season when it scores in triple digits, though the team has done so in only six contests this year. The Rockets, meanwhile, have allowed at least 100 points in 15 games, going 6-9 in those games.
However, the Bulls do well in low-scoring affairs as well. Chicago has a winning percentage of over .500 since the 2010-11 season when scoring fewer than 90 points in a contest. The Bulls are the only squad to have a winning record in those games over that time span.
However, one of those losses was a defeat to the Houston Rockets earlier this year. The Rockets defeated Chicago, 93-89, back in November, thanks to 28 points and five steals from Harden. Jeremy Lin, meanwhile, struggled in that contest, scoring just four points on 2-of-9 from the field.