I will never understand how a team can lose when your best players scores 45 points. And why does it always seem to happen to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
With that said, it happened again on Thursday night when Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets invaded Madison Square Garden and left with a 109-106 victory, before nearly choking away another close game.
Lin, coming off a 34-point, 12-assist performance in an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday, finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the win. Anthony scored his season-high 45 points along with snatching 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
James Harden, who sat out against the Sixers on Wednesday, scored 36 points and nine rebounds. Dwight Howard finished with 7 points and 15 rebounds with Andrea Bargnani guarding him for much of the night. That’s not a misprint.
The Rockets used an 11-2 run late in the fourth — highlighted by seven straight points from Harden, including a 3-pointer and four free throws — to turn a 91-all tie into a 102-93 advantage. After that, it was pretty much game.
Chandler Parsons did have another “sneaky athletic” move to the basket, and finished with 22 points on the night.
Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin played a combined 15 minutes on the night, and shot 0 for 3 from the field. Martin finished with three rebounds.
The Knicks drop to 3-5 on the season, Houston improves to 6-4.
I think it may be time for a desperate trade, New York.