Lin, back to coming off the bench after starting Wednesday in Harden's place, has won both games back at MSG, where he burst onto the worldwide scene two years ago during his memorable run of Linsanity.
Lin came in on another nice roll, scoring 65 points in his previous two games, the best two-game stretch of his career. But the Rockets wasted his 34-point, 12-assist game Wednesday that featured a Rockets record-tying nine 3-pointers.
"We played more as a team today," Lin said. "We really moved the ball, shared the ball. We played really unselfish today and we also did what we needed to do defensively."
Houston led 28-23 after one and was starting to run away with it when it opened a 49-35 lead during Parsons' run of 11 straight Rockets points. But he didn't score the rest of the half after his driving dunk with 3:10 left, and Anthony and Bargnani combined for three 3-pointers during a 13-2 run to close the half and cut it to 53-52.
"We've let four games in a row at home get away, that's something we hadn't done since I've been here," Woodson said. "That's kind of frustrating from a coach's standpoint, but we're still learning each other and trying to figure it out, and we will eventually."
NOTES: Center Omer Asik didn't play for the Rockets after the Houston Chronicle reported he had requested a trade. He had been starting along with Howard until coach Kevin McHale scrapped the alignment. McHale said Asik told him he didn't feel well and that he hadn't heard about any rumors. ... Rockets backup forward Greg Smith left with what appeared to be a right leg injury following an awkward landing after playing just 40 seconds in the first quarter.
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