Monday, February 20th, 2012

Jeremy Lin’s hits game winning three to give Knicks 6th straight win

Published on February 15, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

The legend of Jeremy Lin just keeps on growing and growing. Despite not having his best game on Tuesday he came up big in the last couple minutes of the game and hit the game winning shot to give the Knicks the 90-87 win.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler pulled down an offensive rebound with about 20 seconds and right away got the ball into Lin’s hands. Lin stood out by the half court letting the clock run down then with about 5 seconds he made his move. He dribbled a couple times and pulled up for a three pointer which he nailed with .5 seconds left on the clock. Lin hit the shot over Jose Calderon.

Lin was not having his best game but when it came to the 4th quarter he was money. For the game he had 27 points, 12 of those came in the 4th quarter. Lin also had 11 assists and 8 turnovers. No one will remember the turnovers because of his clutch play down the stretch.

Lin now has 137 points in his first five career starts. That is the most of player in the NBA since 1976-77 the NBA-ABA merger. Shaquille O’Neal had 129 points in his first five career starts. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for that stat.

The win gives the Knicks their sixth straight win to get them to 14-15 on the season. You have to wonder what the Knicks record would be if Lin started the season with the Knicks?

The Knicks closed the game on a 13 to 1 run. I explained Lin’s game winning play above but he also made the play to tie the game at 87 with about a minute left. Lin drove to the basket made the shot and got fouled and finish the three point play.

Lin’s thoughts after the game.

“(Calderon) was trying to push me left,” Lin said. “He was giving me a little bit of space. I just tried to take it down as low as I could. I figured it’s probably not going to be possible to get to the basket with the help that they had.”

“I’m thankful that the coach and my teammates trust me with the ball at the end of the game,” he said. “I like having it at the end of the game. I’m just very thankful.”

Check out Lin’s game winning shot below.

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