Jeremy Lin got the start for the Houston Rockets in their second game of the season on Friday night and scored in double figures to help his team to a 113-105 NBA victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Lin scored 14 points on four-of-nine shooting and six-of-seven free throws. He also added four assists. Only shooting guard James Harden, who led all scorers with 34 points, scored more for the Rockets than Lin.
Lin, who came off the bench in the Rockets’ opening day win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, started at point guard in place of Patrick Beverley, who was sidelined with an injury.
Lin’s performance was far from flawless, as he missed all three of his three-point attempts and racked up six turnovers, the most of any player in the game, during his 30 minutes on the floor.
“We just had a lot of careless turnovers that we got to, we gotta clean that up,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said of his team’s 23 turnovers.
Meanwhile, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each as the Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory.
Pierce and Johnson both hit two free throws in the final seconds as the Heat were trying to pull off a comeback.
Dwyane Wade scored 21 points for the Heat, while LeBron James led Miami with 26.
San Antonio’s Tony Parker had 24 points and six assists, and Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds, as the Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-85 without Tim Duncan.
Parker hit the tiebreaking jump shot with 2:13 to play, and Manu Ginobili capped his 20-point performance off the bench with a key defensive play and a dunk in the final seconds.
Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers came back after blowing a 15-point second-half lead to beat the Sacramento Kings 110-101.
Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-81 while Kemba Walker had 23 points and seven assists to help the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-84.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Denver Nuggets 113-98, and Mike Conley scored 22 points, while Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 111-108 in overtime.
In other games, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 109-102, the Orlando Magic downed the New Orleans Pelicans 110-90, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 105-98, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 102-95 and the Phoenix Suns were 87-84 winners over the Utah Jazz.