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insidehoops 12-18-2012 03:39 AM

Chris Copeland scores 29 in loss to Rockets
Are you ready for Cope-sanity?

Lost in the return of Jeremy Lin Monday night, was the play of rookie Chris Copeland, who scored all of his game-high 29 points in the second half.

Copeland, 28, signed as a free agent this offseason after playing five years overseas, made his second career NBA start Monday and was one of Mike Woodson’s few “bright spots” in a 109-96 defeat to Lin and the Houston Rockets.

With Carmelo Anthony out, Copeland also posted career highs with 11 field goals, 19 attempts, five rebounds, two steals and 28 minutes played.

“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 fill it up. “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.”

-- NY Daily News

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