‘‘He had a good game,’’ Chandler said. ‘‘He had a good game the other night. He’s a good player. He’s going to have some nights, but I thought we could have took away a lot of his easy baskets, him and James Harden.’’
J.R. Smith came off the bench to make all five shots and give the Knicks a 31-29 after one. The Rockets scored the first 10 of the second quarter, opening a 39-31 lead on Lin’s 3-pointer with 9:26 left in the half. Houston scored the final six of the half, turning an eight-point lead into a 56-42 cushion.
NOTES: Stoudemire is working out with the D-League team because the Knicks are not expected to do much running at practice Tuesday. They haven’t held a formal practice since Dec. 4. ‘‘It seems strange but we have a stretch right now where we’re playing every other day and it’s hard to play a game and then think you can come in and drill these guys,’’ Woodson said. ‘‘I like to practice, that’s where I feel like you learn a lot and stay sharp in terms of your defensive rotations, but I can’t run them in practice and expect them to come back and play the next day and then practice again. There’s just too many games coming at us right now.’’