Knicks Beat Raptors, 90-87

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
Just when Lin-Sanity reached a fever pitch, the undrafted-turned-international icon delivered again.

As the Knicks held possession with 36 seconds remaining in the game, Iman Shumpert pump faked and missed a jumper off the glass. Tyson Chandler grabbed the offensive board and kicked back to Jeremy Lin. With the shot clock turned off, Lin dribbled to the top of the three-point line for one last heroic moment.

Staring down Jose Calderon, who had posted 25 points but was scoreless in the fourth quarter, Lin sunk the game-winner to give New York their sixth straight win and a 90-87 victory over Toronto.

The Knicks trailed by as much as 17 points in the first half; they clawed back into the game and even faced a seven-point deficit with 4:25 remaining. However, in his first game back from a four-game absence, Amar’e Stoudemeire connected on a wide open jumper to start the late game rally.

Shumpert was also key in helping New York improve to 14-15 on the season. The rookie defended Calderon throughout the second half and helped limit the Raptors' scoring point guard. He snatched a steal and slammed a huge dunk before Lin’s old fashioned three-point play to tie the game at 87.

Lin finished with 27 points, Stoudemire scored 21 in his return, and Chandler registered 13 points and nine boards.

Statically Speaking:
The Knicks held Toronto to just 12 fourth quarter points in the impressive road win and their second come from behind victory in two games.

Top Knick:
Lin-Sanity. It’s hard to put into the words the unbelievable play of Lin over the course of the last six games. While not performing at his top level, Lin fought through a rough night by shooting 9-for-20 and 7-for-11 at the free throw line. Again, the second-year man recorded major minutes, logging 43 in the win.

News and Notes:
Capping off an incredible five-game stretch, Lin earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. Lin totaled the most points in his 1st four career starts since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976, surpassing Allen Iverson.

Looking Ahead:
The Knicks completed half of the back-to-back set and will return to New York early Wednesday morning. On Wednesday night, the Knicks host the Kings as Lin-Sanity returns to Madison Square Garden.


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