It was a perfect homecoming for Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin in Taipei, Taiwan.
Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s, scored 17 points and went 3-for-4 from the 3-point line to help the Rockets overcome the Indiana Pacers 107-98 in an exhibition game played before a capacity crowd of 13,686.
James Harden led all Rockets scorers with 21 and had three 3-pointers.
Paul George’s 19 points led the Pacers.
Lin was clearly the crowd favorite and didn’t disappoint with a dazzling array of clutch shooting and pinpoint passing. His play earned him accolades from Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who said all the hard work Lin put in over the summer is giving him the boost he needs to cope with the pressure of being one of the most closely watched NBA players in Asia.
"He puts so much pressure on himself," McHale said. "There’s an entire half of the world that seems to be pulling for him."
Suns on the rise
In San Antonio, Gerald Green had 19 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Spurs 106-99 on Sunday to remain unbeaten in three preseason games under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek.
Starting point guard Goran Dragic, who was 0 for 3 in 7 minutes, was the only one of Phoenix’s 16 players who did not score.
"When I got the job and I talked to them they said ‘We all liked each other off the court, but didn’t seem like we liked each other on the court,’" Hornacek said. "That was a big emphasis on us this year, just teamwork. We don’t care who scores. Guys have done a nice job of just playing the game and hitting the open guy."
Both teams sat out their starters much of the second half.
Tim Duncan had 12 points, and Manu Ginobili added 11 points and five assists for San Antonio (1-1).
The Oklahoma City Thunder will rebuild the outdoor basketball courts at the sites of three schools destroyed in the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla. The NBA team said Sunday before its Blue and White Scrimmage at Westmoore High School that it will rebuild courts at Briarwood Elementary, Plaza Towers Elementary and Highland East Junior High School, complete with Thunder branding, through its Thunder Cares Foundation.
"When the community lost these schools, they lost more than a place of learning for their children," said Dan Mahoney, the team’s vice president of communications and community relations. "The school facilities, including the basketball courts, served as the heart of these neighborhoods, and we are pleased and proud to be a part of restoring these communities."
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