It may not have looked good early, but Jeremy Lin, once again, found a way to lift his New York Knicks to another impressive victory against the home Toronto Raptors Tuesday evening.
After racking up six first half turnovers, Lin regrouped to close the contest in dramatic fashion nailing a game-winning 3-pointer with just 0.5 seconds remaining.
The 3-ball gave the previously unknown point guard a game-high 27 points on the evening to go along with 11 assists and one steal.
Lin was nice in the end, but New York got huge contributions late from Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire, who returned from a 4-game absence to deal with the sudden death of his brother.
Shumpert hounded Raptors’ starting point guard Jose Calderon in the second half after he torched the Knicks with 25 big points through the first three quarters.
The Raps had a 5-point lead at 87-82 with less than two minutes remaining when Shumpert picked Calderon’s pocket and went in for the slam to pull within just three.
On the Knicks next possession Lin converted a huge 3-point play at the rim resulting in a tie game at 87-87 which would lead to his game-closing heroics that you’re sure to see countless times in the next couple days.
But that’s quite alright. Lin and the Knicks deserve the attention. After besting Toronto 90-87 in Toronto, they have now won six straight and look to keep that winning streak alive when they head back home to face Sacramento Wednesday night.
Jeremy Lin’s game-winning 3-pointer
Lin finished with 27 points and 11 assists, however he coughed the ball up 8 times. Amare returned to score 21 points adding 9 rebounds in the win.
Calderon put in 25 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Raptors in a losing effort.