Lin re­turns as Knick op­po­nent

Though ex-team­mates praise him, im­proved New York hasn’t missed his hero­ics.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Brian Ma­honey Jeremy Lin joined the Rock­ets when the Knicks wouldn’t match Hous­ton’s of­fer last sum­mer. short-handed rap­tors hand rock­ets road de­feat, C Lin C

NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin was barely hang­ing on to an NBA job when he stepped on the floor at Madi­son Square Garden last Fe­bru­ary.

He re­turns Mon­day hav­ing proven he’s a le­git­i­mate starter and some­times star, ca­pa­ble of en­er­giz­ing a fran- chise and a fan base, a player who saved his team’s sea­son and was re­warded with a lu­cra­tive con­tract.

Lin­san­ity was short but spec­tac­u­lar, and even the New York Knicks’ locker room is filled with Lin ad­mir­ers.

Yet on the court, his old team hasn’t missed him at all.

“What he did was amaz­ing. I mean, I was watch­ing ev­ery game. He was hit­ting gamewin­ners, he was do­ing all that. He was amaz­ing,” point guard Ray­mond Fel­ton said. “But it’s time to move on. We’re 18-5, what­ever the record is, we’re 10-0 at home, so no need to talk about that no more.”

Lin makes his lone New York ap­pear­ance with the Hous­ton Rock­ets, who threw big dol-

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Matt Schaub threw a 3-yard touch­down pass to An­dre John­son in the first quar­ter to give the Tex­ans a 10-0 lead.

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