Jeremy Lin

Sports News: Looks Like The Knicks Have A New Starting Point Guard In Jeremy Lin.

By HOWARD BECK

Lin made the first start of his surprising N.B.A. career, just as the Knicks lost Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, turning the roster upside down and setting the scene for another strange and wondrous night at Madison Square Garden.

Lin was thrilling, erratic and ultimately exhausted, but he again electrified the crowd and paced the Knicks to a stunning 99-88 victory over the Utah Jazz.

As unlikely and surprising as Lin’s breakout performance was Saturday, this was doubly so. The Knicks (10-15) began the night without Stoudemire, who left to be with his family after the death of his older brother. They lost Anthony to a groin injury in the first quarter. Tyson Chandler spent most of the night on the bench in foul trouble.

There was little left of the Knicks’ starry lineup. Yet the evening was filled with joyful pandemonium and chants of “M.V.P.!” all inspired by Lin, the undrafted point guard from Harvard, and the city’s new sports hero.

Lin had 28 points, setting a career high for the second straight game, and 8 assists. He also had eight turnovers — all in the second half — although no one minded under the circumstances. Fatigue might have played a role: Lin played 45 minutes.

It was the Knicks’ second straight victory orchestrated by Lin, and their first win against a winning team since Jan. 11. The Jazz fell to 13-10.

The box score was a picture of oddities. Anthony had just 2 points in six minutes. The Knicks’ leaders, after Lin, were the seldom-used Steve Novak with 19 points, the much-maligned Jared Jeffries with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Bill Walker with 11 points.

The Knicks led by as many as 15 points in the first half and never trailed in the second half, despite repeated rallies by Utah. The Jazz cut their deficit to 2 points by the end of the third quarter.

Lin held them off, with a 3-point play to open the fourth.

Lin and Chandler missed four straight free throws early in the fourth quarter, with the Knicks clinging to a 7-point lead. But Iman Shumpert converted a layup in traffic, and Lin followed with the highlight of the night. Driving through the lane, Lin moved to his left for a layup, then switched to his right hand at the last second for a reverse, drawing a foul for another 3-point play.

The clinching basket came late in the quarter, when Chandler tapped out a missed shot and Lin fired a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock for a 95-86 lead. The stoic Lin smiled widely as he backpedaled up the court, then stuck out his Gatorade-stained tongue and winked.

The only players to get a louder ovation than Lin were the six members of the Super Bowl champion Giants, who were introduced during a second-quarter timeout.

Anthony’s injury looked like a freakish accident. He was dribbling up the court in transition, with no one near him, when, he suddenly flinched and started to limp. He finished the possession with a lob to Chandler for an easy dunk, then headed for the locker room moments later. His status for Wednesday’s game in Washington is uncertain. Stoudemire’s return is also undetermined.

The last time the Knicks were without Stoudemire, for two games this season, Josh Harrellson provided solid relief. But Harrellson is out with a broken wrist, leaving the Knicks with a frightfully thin frontcourt.

Jeffries started for Stoudemire. The rookie Jerome Jordan was the first big man off the bench. Novak played extended minutes. At times, Coach Mike D’Antoni went with a miniaturized lineup that featured Walker at power forward.

Somehow, the Knicks built a 15-point lead in the second quarter, with scoring, consistent ball movement and just enough defense against a Jazz team that looked a bit uninspired. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 22 points.

read more at nytimes.com

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2 Comments on “Sports News: Looks Like The Knicks Have A New Starting Point Guard In Jeremy Lin.”

  1. February 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

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  2. February 8, 2012 at 5:51 AM #

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