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Jeremy Lin struggles in encore after Christmas

Houston still came away with a win in Minnesota on Wednesday night, but it was not nearly the impressive beatdown they put on Chicago on Christmas Day.

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One night after torching the Chicago Bulls, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets struggled to put away the Minnesota Timberwolves, 87-84. Lin was only able to put up eight points and one assist, and committed seven turnovers. It was in stark contrast with the performance he put up in Chicago on Christmas Day, when he went for 20 points and 11 assists while only turning the ball over twice.

Lin was hardly the only Rocket to stumble after having a big game against Chicago. James Harden carried the team with 30 points and six rebounds, but Omer Asik's scoring dipped from 20 points to just nine, and Chandler Parsons went from 23 points to 12 points. They struggled to shoot the ball from three point range (29%), and also turned the ball over 16 times.

The Bulls are still looking to get back on their feet after getting crushed on Christmas, as their game last night in Indianapolis against the Pacers was postponed due to the blizzard.