The man who authored Linsanity couldn't have scripted it any better.

Jeremy Lin got out of the Garden Monday night with a win over his old team, sending the Knicks to their first home defeat of the season.

It wasn't Linsanity, not anything close, because that was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Lin didn't dominate the way he did when he was Mr. NBA in his couple of weeks of glory as a Knick last season. But he totaled more points (22) and had more assists (8) than Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd combined (19, 7), in the Rockets' 109-96 win.

Lin might have traded in his Knick colors for the Rockets' red road uniforms, but he's still a big deal around here, the place where he burst onto the NBA scene. After doing an interview on NBA TV, he walked to the media room to meet the big crowd of reporters, signing autographs almost every step of the way.

"I'm just thankful to get the win,'' he said, seated on the podium after scoring 22 points. "I had a lot of fun out there. And tonight we took a step in the right direction.''

He didn't gloat, but he must have felt good about the way he did his part, giving James Harden a real secondary option, in making it two-for-two this season over his old team. It's only one game, but he did more for his team in the win than Felton or Kidd, his successors at the Knicks' playmaking position.

Lin is still a man of few words and not a lot of insight. But he had this game pegged when he said, "We just tried to play fast and quick."

The 12-12 Rockets were so much faster and quicker than the 18-6 Knicks, especially when they poured in 80 points over the final three quarters. The loss stung Mike Woodson, even if he tried to reason afterward, "We're not going to win every game."

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