KNICKS 90 RAPTORS 87 | AIR CANADNA CENTRE
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.
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.
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.
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.