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Jeremy Lin shot just 2-of-10 from the field when the Rockets faced the Hornets earlier this season. (Photo: REUTERS)
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The Rockets bounced back from two straight losses with a 123-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Guard James Harden led the squad with 28 points, while forward Carlos Delfino added 22 points off the bench.
Indeed, while Harden and Lin garner most of the headlines, Delfino has been a key cog for the Rockets all season long. According to NBA.com, Houston is just 3-6 this season without Delfino and 7-1 when the forward scores at least 11 points.
In fact, as the Houston Chronicle notes, head coach Kevin McHale relied on several bench players throughout the Hawks contest, including Toney Douglas. Douglas at one point replaced Jeremy Lin on the floor, but Lin himself later replaced Harden so the two guards could work on the court at the same time.
This rotation seemed to work well and may be repeated tonight, though it could also lend credence to the theory that Jeremy Lin is at his best when Harden is not on the court with him. As we previously reported, this in turn led to speculation that the Rockets may be better off trading Lin in the future, perhaps to a team like the Los Angeles Lakers.
Houston has been particularly tough to beat at home this season, at one point winning six straight games at the Toyota Center. The Rockets have averaged over 112 points over its last 14 games in Houston, according to NBA.com.
The Hornets, meanwhile, are coming off a loss to the Hawks on Tuesday night. New Orleans was outscored by 14 points in the fourth quarter, shooting just 6-of-16 during that span.
The loss marred the home debut of New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, who has missed much of the season with a knee injury. Gordon scored 24 points off the bench in a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats last weekend, but the guard shot just 29 percent from the field on Tuesday night.
Houston has already defeated New Orleans once this season, winning 100-96 back in November. Harden scored 30 points despite shooting just 1-of-7 from three point range, while center Omer Asik added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.