By winning against the Sacramento Kings today, the New York Knicks extended its winning streak to 7. The streak started last February 4 when Coach Mike D’Antoni gave significant minutes to now-cult hero Jeremy Lin against the New Jersey Nets. Lin responded to score 25 points in 36 minutes. The next game against the Jazz, Lin only sat for 3 minutes and scoring 28 points with 8 assists in a 99-88 win. He got his first double-double (23 points 10 assists) against John Wall and the Washington Wizards on February 8. “Linsanity” erupted in New York when Lin outscored Kobe Bryant in its 92-85 conquest of the Lakers on February 10. Jeremy Lin scored a career high 38 points. The streak extended to five, when the Knicks rallied past the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Lin’s 20 point- 8 assist game. On February 14, he broke the hearts of the Raptor fans by making his first career game winner in a 90-87 win over the Toronto Raptors. He also established a career high in assist in that game by dishing out 11 along with his 27 points.
In today’s win over the Kings, Lin for the first time in the streak failed to reach 20 points. He only scored 10 but for the second straight night, he increased his assist career high as he made 13. The streak has reenergized the Knicks and gave them hope that their team can be playoff beaters. From a super under-achieving 8-15 team, Lin turned the Knicks to a dangerous .500 team (15-15). Coupled with Boston’s loss to Detroit today, New york is just a game behind the vaunted Celtics in the Atlantic Standings (Philadelphia leads the division at 20-10).
Their next match will be against the New Orleans Hornets and the Knicks will soon get back All-Star Carmelo Anthony. With Amare Stoudamire back, the Knicks is getting stronger every day. The “Lin-sane” streak could go further. Stay tuned. 😉
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