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NBA: Lin assists in vain as Rockets defeated

SUNS ECLIPSED:Houston began their trip to the West Coast badly, while elsewhere, the Lakers gave new coach Mike D’Antoni cause for optimism by beating the Suns

Staff writer, with CNA and AP and reuters, MEMPHIS, Tennessee

The Houston Rockets got 11 assists from Jeremy Lin, but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime on Friday after leading by 15 points in the third quarter.

The Rockets, who fell to 4-5 with the loss, seemed to have the first game of their three-game West Coast swing well in hand when they took a 72-57 lead on Patrick Patterson’s layup with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter.

However, Portland pulled to within one by the end of the quarter with the help of poor shooting and a spate of turnovers by the Rockets, and then engineered another comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Lin finished with 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. He did not play in the overtime period, however, replaced by Toney Douglas for defensive purposes to try to contain Blazers’ rookie Damian Lillard, who scored 12 of Portland’s last 14 points in regulation.

Nicolas Batum had 35 points for Portland while teammate LaMarcus Aldridge had 29. Lillard, a first-round pick out of Weber State, finished with a career-high 27 points.

The Memphis Grizzlies handed the New York Knicks their first loss of the season as Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 105-95 victory.

Marc Gasol added 24 points, Rudy Gay scored 17 points and blocked four shots, and Mike Conley added 16 points and eight assists as Memphis won their seventh straight game. The Grizzlies own the NBA’s best record for the first time in club history at 7-1.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for New York.

The Los Angeles Lakers played Mike D’Antoni’s style of up-tempo basketball in a 114-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Kobe Bryant had 31 points for the Lakers, while Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Los Angeles moved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D’Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points as the Thunder downed the New Orleans Hornets 110-95 for their sixth victory in seven games.

Serge Ibaka added 15 for Oklahoma City, who shot 54 percent (40 of 74) and built leads as big as 30 points in the first half and 34 in the second.

The Golden State Warriors used 18 points and 13 rebounds from David Lee in a 106-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Carl Landry added 15 points and seven rebounds, and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4).

Kyle Korver scored 22 points and reserve Lou Williams had 21 as the Atlanta Hawkes beat the Sacramento Kings 112-96, while the Philadelphia 76ers ended a three-game losing streak with a 99-93 victory over the Utah Jazz.

The Indiana Pacers downed the Dallas Mavericks 103-83, and the Orlando Magic were 110-106 winners over the Detroit Pistons.

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