Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win! Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin...
TORONTO — Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win!
Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tiebreaking three-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending its winning streak to six games.
“I’m just glad it went like this so we can calm the Linsanity down,” cracked Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.
No chance of that. The NBA’s first American-Taiwanese player, Lin scored 27 points and added a career-high 11 assists in his first game since being named Eastern Conference player of the week.
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“He continues to impress every night,” New York’s Jared Jeffries said. “Every game he plays better, he does more and more to help us win basketball games. You can’t ask any more of a kid coming into this situation.”
While he’s the one standing in the spotlight, Lin said sharing success with his teammates is as big a reward.
“It’s not because of me, it’s because we’re coming together as a team,” Lin said. “We started making these steps earlier but we were still losing close games and so obviously it wasn’t fun. But when you win, that solves a lot of problems. We’ve been winning and we’ve been playing together.”
Making just his fifth career start, Lin had no hesitation in taking the decisive shot.
“I’m thankful that the coach and my teammates trust me with the ball at the end of the game,” he said. “I like having it at the end of the game. I’m just very thankful.”
The season-high crowd of 20,092 roared as Lin shot over Jose Calderon and drained a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc with half a second to play, giving the Knicks their first lead since the opening quarter.
D’Antoni declined to call timeout before Lin’s winning shot, saying it would only give the Raptors time to draw up their defense.
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Nicolas Batum tied a career high with 33 points for the Blazers (15-14), who lost All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge to an ankle injury early in the game. X-rays were negative, but Aldridge will not travel with the team to Golden State.
• LeBron James scored 23 points and Dwyane Wade had 16, leading Miami to a 105-90 rout at Indiana to become the first NBA team in 33 years to win three road games in three days. Phoenix last won three on the road in three days, in 1979.
• James Harden scored 22 points, Kevin Durant had 21 and Oklahoma City beat visiting Utah 111-85.
• Luol Deng had 23 points and a career-high 11 assists, and Chicago beat Sacramento 121-115 despite Derrick Rose missing a third straight game with back spasms.