New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jeremy Lin couldn't have hoped for a better return to Madison Square Garden.
The former Knick who took the world by storm last year logged one of his best games of the season for the Rockets, tallying 22 points and eight assists to help Houston to a 109-96 victory over New York that handed the Knicks their first home loss of the season.
James Harden posted a double-double, scoring a team-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who snapped a seven-game road losing streak in ending New York's 12-game unbeaten run at home dating back to last season.
Of the Knicks' six losses this year, two have come to the Rockets in blowout fashion. Without Carmelo Anthony for the second consecutive game, New York was unable to keep up with the scoring pace of the Rockets, who outscored the Knicks 54-29 over the second and third quarters.
Chris Copeland, who started in place of Anthony for the second straight game, notched a career-best 29 points -- all in the second half -- for the Knicks in the setback.