Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s, was clearly the crowd favorite and didn't disappoint with a dazzling array of clutch shooting and pin-point passing. He finished with 17 points, including three three-pointers, and four assists.
Lin’s play earned him accolades from Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who said all the hard work Lin put in over the summer is giving him the boost he needs to cope with the pressure of being one of the most closely watched NBA players in Asia.
''He puts so much pressure on himself,'' McHale said. ''There's an entire half of the world that seems to be pulling for him.''
After a close first quarter, Houston pulled away to lead by 15 points at halftime. Indiana cut the lead to two with 8:38 left in the quarter (84-82). But the Rockets went on a 8-0 run over the next 1:37 to take a 92-82 lead. Houston stretched their lead to as much as 15 points.
Houston knocked down 15 triples, with five coming from Francisco Garcia, and Indiana made 11 from long-range.
James Harden scored a game-high 21 points to lead seven Rockets (2-1) in double figures. Garcia (15 points), Omri Casspi (13), Chandler Parsons (11), Dwight Howard (10) and Donatas Motiejunas (10) joined Harden and Lin in double figures.
McHale singled out Houston newcomer Omri Casspi for special praise. Casspi had had 13 points and nine rebounds, all but one on the defensive end.
''Omri is doing a really good job for us,'' McHale said. ''He's playing at a really high level.''
Paul George led the Pacers with 19 points, while Danny Granger contributed 15 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (0-3).
Houston defeated Indiana 116-96 in the Philippines on Oct. 10.