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TAIPEI---It was a perfect home-
coming for Houston Rockets point
guard Jeremy Lin in the Taiwanese
capital of Taipei.
Lin, whose parents emigrated from
Taiwan to the United States in the
1970s, scored 17 points and went 3-
4 from the three-point line to help
the Rockets overcome the Indiana
Pacers 107-98 in an exhibition game
played before a capacity crowd of
James Harden led all Rockets scor-
ers with 21 and had three 3-pointers
of his own.
Paul George's 19 points led the
Pacers. George Hill contributed 17,
but suffered what coach Frank Vogel
called "a mild ankle sprain" in a third
quarter scramble. Vogel said that Hill's
condition will be monitored in the
Lin was clearly the crowd favorite
and didn't disappoint with a dazzling
array of clutch shooting and pinpoint
His play earned him accolades
from Rockets coach Kevin McHale,
who said that all the hard work Lin
put in over the summer is giving
him the boost he needs to cope with
the immense pressure he feels at
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
After a seesaw first quarter, Hous-
ton pulled away to lead by 15 points
at halftime but Indiana cut that lead
to only two before fading in the final
McHale singled out Houston new-
comer Omri Casspi for special praise.
Casspi had had 13 points and nine
rebounds, all but one on the defen-
"Omri is doing a really good job
for us," McHale said. "He's playing
at a really high level."
NBA Houston Rockets Jeremy Lin (7) takes a jump shot
over Indiana Pacers Ian Mahinmi (28) during a
preseason game in Taipei, Taiwan, yesterday. The
Rockets beat the Pacers 107-98. AP PHOTO
Pacers in NBA
SUZUKA---Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the
Japanese Grand Prix yesterday but will have to wait
to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest
rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.
Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led
a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber
by 7.1 seconds. Webber, who started from pole position,
passed Lotus' Romain Grosjean on the penultimate
lap. Grosjean led much of the race but could not take
his maiden F1 victory and finished third.
It was Vettel's fourth win in the past five races at
Suzuka and his ninth win of the season.
"We had a great car and were fast again this year,"
Vettel said. "Being able to finish on the podium and
to win four times here is incredible. The fans here are
incredible, they really respect us."
Vettel managed the rare feat of a fifth-straight race
win and leads the championship by 90 points from
Alonso with four races remaining. The last driver to
win five races in a row was Michael Schumacher in
2004. Vettel's two-stop strategy and controlled tire
wear was the difference.
Grosjean, who started on the second row, grabbed
the lead at the first turn and held it until the 29th lap
when he went into the pits for the second time to
change tires. Vettel took the lead and waited for his
final pit stop on lap 37.
With fresh hard tires, Vettel blasted past Grosjean
on lap 41 to take the lead for good.
Vettel got off to a rough start when he clipped Lewis
Hamilton's right rear tire before Turn 1, forcing the
Mercedes driver to retire after the ninth lap due to a
puncture and associated damage.
"I had a very poor start," Vettel said. "I clipped the
front wing but after that we were patient and I managed
to get past Romain and beat Mark on the tire strategy.
The decision (on the tires) was made on the first stint
because we stayed out longer on the first tires. It was
not easy to make the two-stop work especially in the
middle sector but it worked in the end."
Grosjean was bidding to become the first French
driver to win a Grand Prix since Olivier Panis at Monaco
"What a start," Grosjean said. "Today was a very
good race but the Red Bull caught us but we were the
only ones who were able to challenge them."
Despite preserving the championship race, Alonso
conceded the title is virtually decided.
"Even if Sebastian retires in all four races I need to
win them all but we are struggling a bit at the moment,"
Alonso said. "We will continue to give our all in every
race though and then if he wins it, I'll shake his hand."
Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde and Marussia's
Jules Bianci were involved in contact at the back of
the field after the start and were both out of the race
quickly. Prior to Sunday's race, the drivers honored
Maria de Villota with a moment of silence. The former
F1 test driver was found dead in a hotel room in Seville,
Spain, on Friday. Her family said an autopsy showed
that lingering injuries from her racing accident a year
ago likely caused her death.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves
from a classic car during the driver parade before the
start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the
Suzuka circuit in Suzuka, Japan, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Vettel speeds to
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