Point guard Jeremy Lin led the way on a red-hot shooting night for the Houston Rockets, who made a record-tying 23 3-pointers in a 140-109 blowout win over the Golden State Warriors.
Lin, who captured global attention with his surprising play last season for the New York Knicks before being signed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Rockets in the offseason, scored 28 points and dished out nine assists in what was his most complete game of the season.
The Asian American graduate of Harvard University connected on five of the Rockets' 23 3-point field goals, which tied the NBA mark that the Orlando Magic had set on Jan. 13, 2009.
With Tuesday night's game at the Toyota Center in Houston well in hand, it was left to Lithuanian forward-center Donatas Motiejunas to sink the record-tying 23rd 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets also tied an NBA record by making 14 3-pointers in the first half, while their 140 points for the game were the most the team has scored this season.
Lin's backcourt mate, James Harden, also was a big contributor for the Rockets, scoring 18 points and handing out seven assists.
Six other Rockets players scored in double figures, while Omer Asik led Houston in rebounding with 15 boards.
Reserve guard Jarrett Jack paced the Warriors in scoring with 20 points, while point guard Stephen Curry had a rough night from the field and finished the game with just seven points.
In other NBA action Tuesday night, the Indiana Pacers topped the Atlanta Hawks 114-103, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 92-83, the Phoenix Suns stunned the Memphis Grizzlies 96-90, and the Denver Nuggets rallied past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104. EFE