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NBA: Jeremy Lin hits form as Houston rocket to win over Raptors

The Houston Rockets ran out 117-101 winners over Toronto as new signing Jeremy Lin had his best game of the season so far.

Jeremy Lin had his best game of the season so far after providing 16 points and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets ran out 117-101 winners over the Toronto Raptors.

James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists as the Rockets, who have now won their last four games in a row, marched to victory.

Patrick Patterson and Omer Asik also shone on an emotion night for the side, who were due to fly to Minneapolis immediately after the match for the funeral of Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of coach Kevin McHale, who died at the weekend from complications of lupus.

The team will then fly from Minneapolis to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder tonight - Harden's first game there since he was traded to Houston last month.

Elsewhere, Kevin Love scored 23 points and gathered 24 rebounds - the most in the NBA this season - to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

Love's rebound count bettered the previous mark of 23 by Cleveland Cavaliers man Anderson Varejao and helped his side end a losing run that had stretched to five matches.

Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 20 points for the Kings, who remain bottom of the Pacific Division.

The Indiana Pacers snatched a last-gasp 79-77 win over the LA Lakers, with George Hill on hand with the winning points in the final second.

Kobe Bryant had only just levelled the scores with a three-pointer to take his tally to 40 points - 21 more than the game's next highest-scorer, Hill.

The Philadelphia 76ers claimed a 100-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks, ending a six-game losing run in the fixture.

Evan Turner's 22 points and Thaddeus Young's 20 did much of the work for the Sixers, with Chris Kaman weighing in with 20 in a losing cause.

Central Division strugglers the Cleveland Cavaliers lost again - 91-78 at the hands of the Phoenix Suns- to go 3-12 for the season.

Varejao did his best for the Cavaliers, scoring 14 points and grasping 18 rebounds, but the Suns took control at the end of the third period and did not let go.

Goran Dragic registered 19 points and Michael Beasley added 15.


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