KNICKS 92 LAKERS 85| MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The Lakers are the latest team to fall victim to Linsanity. Jeremy Lin played the role of closer with a career-high 38 points to help lift New York to a 92-85 victory on Friday night.
In a dramatic finish at the Garden, Jeremy Lin was heroic again by returning to the lineup at the 9:26 mark. Los Angeles trimmed the Knicks lead to just three points but Lin ignited the offense with a clutch jumper over the outstretched arms of Pau Gasol and a corner three-pointer to push the margin back to seven points with 5:33 remaining.
As Kobe Bryant caught fire in the second half with 24 of his 34 points, Lin answered the call highlighted by a spectacular reverse layup to push New York on top 88-82. The Knicks never looked back and completed their fourth straight victory, improving to 12-15 on the season.
From the jump, New York took advantage of the Lakers' tired legs after their dogfight in Boston the previous night. The Knicks snatched a 19-11 lead late in the first quarter behind Lin’s 10 points. On the other side, Los Angeles started the game ice cold from the floor, hitting just one of its first 13 attempts.
Early in the second period, New York played exceptional interior defense despite facing a major height discrepancy along the frontline. The Knicks lead expanded to 31-17 and the hometown team headed to the locker room on top of Los Angeles by eight points.
New York limited the twin towers of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to a combined 19 points. Bynum only posted three points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Lin dominated throughout the entire contest on Friday night. The second-year point guard was efficient, hitting 13-of-23 shots from the floor and 10-of-13 behind the free throw line. Not to be forgotten, Lin also dished out seven dimes which is perhaps why lately he has generated a tremendous amount of buzz around the NBA and the world.
Following the contest, the Knicks boarded a plane for Minneapolis for a Saturday night matchup against the upstart Wolves.