The New York Knicks were defeated by Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets by a final score of 109-106 on Monday, but the game did give Chris Copeland an opportunity to score 29 points in the second half.

With Carmelo Anthony out, Copeland had 29 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes.

“I still have growing to do – a lot more growing to do – but from a scoring standpoint, the coaches have known that’s what I do,” Copeland said of his ability to score. “That’s something I hang my hat on … I’m glad to have a little showing. We’ll just see how it goes from here.”

“It makes us deeper,” Jason Kidd said. “So with 10 guys, everybody has to play their best game, and tonight we didn’t, but two guys were definitely playing well (Copeland and J.R. Smith). So for the future, Cope could now be in that rotation spot.”