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Harden, Lin Drop 66 in Opener

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“They treating them like mother-expletive all-stars already,” blurted Hawks guard Louis Williams to everyone within earshot during the final minutes of the Hawks season opening 102-109 loss to the visiting Houston Rockets at Philips Arena.

Williams’ outburst was in reference to a perceived imbalance in the officiating for any Hawks player guarding either James Harden or Jeremy Lin. The newly paired Rockets backcourt scored 66 of the 109 points. Harden scored 15 points on 17 free throw attempts. “My teammates did a good job of finding me and putting me in positions to score the ball and make plays so credit to them and credit to the coaching staff as well,” said Harden.

Houston grabbed the lead with two minutes remaining in the first quarter and held on until Williams converted a fastbreak midway through the fourth. “We battled our way back into the game to even get it to that point,” said Williams. “The first three quarters, they put together better basketball than we did.”

Atlanta’s opening day line-up included the three starting holdovers and off-season acquisitions swing-man Kyle Korver and guard Devin Harris. Korver saw the bulk of his 14 minutes in the first half with neither seeing any playing time in the fourth.

Lin didn’t disappoint in his first regular season game as the Rockets new floor general. The former Knicks guard, who rocketed to fame in replacement duty in NYC, dished out 7 assists and yanked down 10 boards to go with a 21 point night.

The Rockets 10 point lead began to slip away on a layup by Zaza Pachulia at the horn ending the third quarter. Pachulia cut the lead to 3 knocking down both ends of a one and one. After a few lead exchanges the Rockets stepped on the gas. Harden broke the tie on a 17 foot jumper and went on to score 12 points in the last 4 minutes to seal the win for Houston.

Rockets 109 vs Hawks 102


  • Hawks await introduction on opening night.

  • James Harden takes it right at Hawks F Josh Smith.

  • Rockets G Jeremy Lin shoots a one-hander over Hawks G Jeff Teague.

  • Rockets F Patrick Patterson lays in 2 of his 9 points.

  • Jermey Lin drives along the baseline.

  • Devin Harris takes the ball up over Cole Aldrich.

  • Marcus Morris glides in for a dunk.

  • Comedian Chris Tucker takes in opening night at Philips Arena.

  • Cole Aldrich flys to slam home the put back over DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Tolliver.

  • Jermey Lin drives along the baseline.

  • Jeremy Lin flips up a shot against the defense of Kyle Korver and Josh Smith.

  • James Harden goes strong for a dunk over Al Horford.

  • Al Horford pounds the rim for two.

  • DeShawn Stevenson holds up his signature pose after making a three pointer.

  • Josh Smith challenges the layup from James Harden.

  • Harden watches as Al Horford dunks 2 of his 14 points.

  • Hawks G Jeff Teague heads up court after stealing the ball from Jeremy Lin.

  • Jeff Teague drives the baseline against Rockets center Omer Asik.

  • Hawks F Josh Smith whirls around Patrick Patterson.

  • Hawks G Jeff Teague twists and bends a layup over James Harden.

  • Jeremy Lin reaches in from behind while Omer Asik blocks Josh Smith's path.

  • Hawks F Josh Smith lifts a layup over Omer Asik.

  • Hawks G Jeff Teague gets by Jeremy Lin for a layup.

  • Marcus Morris converts the alley oop.

  • Hawks G Lou Williams gets up for a layup.

  • Hawks G DeShawn Stevenson reacts after being called for a foul on Rockets G Jeremy Lin.

  • Cole Aldrich leans in and gets a mouthful of Zaza Pachulia's shoulder on the spin move to the basket.

  • Hawks G Lou Williams faces up Rockets G Toney Douglas.

  • Hawks G Lou Williams goes under the defense of Marcus Morris for a layup. Right: Jeff Teague goes up for a two-handed dunk off the break.

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