Jeremy Lin played a supporting role as the Houston Rockets routed his previous team, the New York Knicks, 131-103.

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HOUSTON — Jeremy Lin doesn’t know if he will ever perform as well as he did during his charmed February with the New York Knicks last season.

For the moment, he is content to be a contributor on his new team.

James Harden scored 33 points and Chandler Parsons added a career-high 31 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 131-103 victory over the Knicks on Friday night.

Lin added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in his first game against his previous team.

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The Rockets (6-7) carried a 12-point lead into the third, and scored 10 straight points later in the quarter to extend their lead to 21.

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 37 points for New York (8-3), which has dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.

Lin went undrafted out of Harvard and became a worldwide sensation with the Knicks last season with a remarkable stretch in February when he scored at least 20 points in nine of 10 games.

The Rockets released Lin before he signed with New York. Lin became a Rocket again when the Knicks declined to match Houston’s three-year, $25.1 million offer.

“I’m not looking to recreate what happened in New York,” Lin said. “I want to be a consistent player. I want to get better.

“I don’t know what my potential is. I don’t know if I can play any better than I did during that stretch, but I’m going to find out to see how close I can get.”

He said he is “at peace” with the Knicks not matching the Rockets’ offer and is glad to be in Houston.

“I thought this was one of Jeremy’s better games,” said Rockets interim coach Kelvin Sampson, a former Washington State coach. “He attacked and played with swagger tonight, and that was good to see.”

Memphis is 9-2

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Memphis beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 to improve to a league-best 9-2.

The Lakers (6-7) have lost all four away games this season.

Celtics prevail

BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half, and Boston beat Oklahoma City 108-100.

Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Thunder, which lost for the second time in its last 10 games.


Brook Lopez scored 26 points for host Brooklyn in an 86-76 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nets outscored the Clippers 23-13 in the fourth quarter.

Tony Parker scored 33 points and visiting San Antonio overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Indiana 104-97 to improve to 10-3.

The Spurs closed the game with a 17-2 run.

Gordon Hayward scored the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left as host Utah beat the visiting Sacramento Kings 104-102.

Marvin Williams of Bremerton scored 20 points for the Jazz.

Markieff Morris scored a career-high 23 points to help host Phoenix beat New Orleans 111-108 in overtime. The Hornets have lost six in a row.

Wesley Matthews scored 30 points, rookie Damian Lillard had a career-high 28 points and added eight assists, and host Portland beat Minnesota 103-95 to send the Timberwolves to their fourth straight loss. The Trail Blazers have won four of their last five.

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