Va-Lin-tine's Day Miracle
TORONTO-- The Big Apple's new golden boy gave the city even more reason to love him on Valentine's Day. Jeremy Lin drained a three with one tick left on the clock to give the Knicks a 90-87 win on the road, stretching their winning streak to six games.
With the score tied and 15 seconds left in the game, Lin dribbled calmly outside the arc, waiting. The crowd watched, the benches watched, the other players on the court watched. This was only the fifth start of his career, yet everyone knew who would take the shot. They watched and he delivered.
Lin made his transition from bench rider to team leader like he drives to the basket, gracefully and in the blink of an eye.
The Harvard grad's 27 points and 11 assists against Toronto make it six games in a row with 20 or more points and 7+ assists. That puts him tied for the longest such streak in Knicks' history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The new sensation didn't even see the floor in 12 of New York's 17 games in the month of January.
How big has Lin become? The 20,092 in attendance was Toronto's biggest crowd of the season, and it wasn't to see Amare Stoudemire's first game back from a four-game absence.
Stoudemire played admirably racking up 21 points and grabbing 9 boards. Jose Calderon led the Raptors with 25 points and 9 assists.
The Raptors held a 87-82 lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. A Calderon turnover led to an Iman Shumpert dunk to cut the Knicks' deficit to three.
On the next possession, Lin drove to the basket and was fouled by Amir Johnson, but in typical Lin fashion made the bucket anyway. He completed the three-point play and set up the latest Lin-sanity scenario.
Lin's ability and grit are no longer in question. The only enigma that remains is what will the Knicks do when Carmelo Anthony returns.