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    Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:27am
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At the Buzzer, It’s All Lin



TORONTO — The clock was running down — on the game, on the Knicks and on a mystical streak that was teetering on the edge of disappointment. The seconds kept disappearing until Jeremy Lin stopped his dribble, pulled up and launched another miracle.

The 3-point shot swished with a half-second remaining Tuesday night, lifting the Knicks to a 90-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors and setting off pandemonium at Air Canada Centre, where fans momentarily adopted the N.B.A.’s newest star as their own. Some 20,000 Canadians had just witnessed a growing legend.

The shot completed a furious comeback from a 17-point deficit and extended the Knicks’ Lin-inspired winning streak to six, with no sign of abating.

“I’m just glad it went like this, so we could calm the ‘Linsanity’ down a little bit,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said.

There is little chance of that happening. Lin scored 27 points — his sixth straight game with at least 20 — and handed out 11 assists. He forced some shots, committed 8 turnovers and struggled to contain Jose Calderon (25 points).

Yet the game ended as so many have since Lin became the Knicks’ unlikely star: with giddy celebration.

“It’s pretty amazing what he’s doing, man,” said Amar’e Stoudemire, who rejoined the team after a weeklong sabbatical following his brother’s death. “I can’t really explain it.”

Of all the thrilling moments Lin has had since becoming the Knicks’ point guard 11 days ago, this might have been the most unlikely. The Knicks (14-15) did not have a lead in the final three quarters and trailed by 12 early in the fourth.

Tyson Chandler battled foul trouble all night. Stoudemire battled fatigue and rust, going 8 for 22 from the field. Lin missed four free throws in the fourth quarter. Calderon and Leandro Barbosa (13 points) kept whizzing through the Knicks’ defense.

The Raptors (9-21) rarely let Lin get to the basket without a bump, a bang or a bruise. He spent a considerable amount of time on his back. But he never stopped attacking, and the Knicks found their defensive conscience just in time.

Iman Shumpert shut down Calderon in the fourth quarter, holding him scoreless. The Knicks held Toronto to 12 points in the period. Chandler blocked shots by Barbosa and DeMar DeRozan, and pulled down three offensive rebounds — the last two leading directly to the Knicks’ winning points.

Lin drove in for a layup and a 3-point play to tie the score, 87-87, with 1 minute 5 seconds left. On the Knicks’ final possession, Shumpert missed a bank shot, but Chandler got the rebound and tossed it to Lin on the perimeter with about 10 seconds left.

D’Antoni chose not to call a timeout, showing an unyielding faith in a point guard who just two weeks ago was not even in the rotation.

“He’s too good to even call a timeout,” D’Antoni said, adding, “That makes it easy for a coach that’s able just to trust the point guard.”

Lin glanced back briefly, to make sure D’Antoni was O.K. with an isolation play. He then called off the pick and lined up Calderon in front of him, dribbling as the seconds elapsed. Calderon, perhaps not respecting Lin’s range, gave him the space. Lin — who was just 3 for 18 from behind the arc this season — fired away.

“I understand my percentage is low, and that’s obviously a criticism people have of me,” Lin said. “I’m thankful that my coach and my teammates trust me with the ball at the end of the game.”

Rasual Butler missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the crowd again erupted for Lin, who said he “actually didn’t even register that.”

This was billed as Asian Heritage Night, but the crowd did not seem to know what to do with Lin. There were cheers during pregame introductions, periodic boos when he had the ball, then cheers again when he scored.

There was plenty of love in a series of holiday-themed signs like, “Jeremy Lin, Will You Be My vaLINtine?” Another hailed “The Asian Linsation.” The greatest tribute came on the newsstands, where Sports Illustrated featured Lin on its cover, under the headline “Against All Odds.”

Stoudemire was just happy to be part of the fun after a week spent mourning his older brother, Hazell, who was killed in a car accident. Stoudemire returned with a new tattoo, a single teardrop on his right cheekbone.

“Forever crying inside,” Stoudemire explained, choking up. “It’s just hard to explain how close me and my brother was. He was more like a father figure, more like a mentor and a brother. He’s the reason I play basketball now. He’s the reason why I made it to where I am now. A big part of my success.”

After Lin’s final shot ripped through the net, Stoudemire and Chandler just stared at each other in happy disbelief.

“Then we started hugging each other and just dancing at halfcourt, as if we won a championship,” Stoudemire said. “I was simply amazed by, and still somewhat amazed, by the way he’s playing.”

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Tyson Chandler and Toronto Coach Dwane Casey, who each played a critical role in the Dallas Mavericks’ title run last year, enjoyed a brief reunion before tip-off. Chandler presented Casey with his championship ring. ... Jeremy Lin also sought out Casey for a hug before the game. Casey was Lin’s coach on the Mavericks’ summer league team in 2010, when Lin impressed scouts, which led to his first N.B.A. contract, with the Golden State Warriors. On Monday, Casey told Toronto reporters that he wondered why Lin wanted to be an N.B.A. player. “You’re smarter than all of us,” Casey said he told Lin. “You’ve got an honors degree from Harvard.” Casey added: “He did a heck of a job in our summer league, almost made our team there, but numbers caught him. He’s a wonderful young man. I’m happy for him.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: February 15, 2012

An earlier version of a photo caption accompanying this story misstated the time remaining as Jeremy Lin made a game-winning shot. There was a half-second remaining, not 0.05.



Edited by Alias_Avi - Feb 15 2012 at 10:40am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:29am
He is very tall
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Am I the only one who can't see a pic?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:31am
love him. I was on the fence first, bu He proved himself to me last night. #clutch

I have officially bought in to linsanity. lol

ETA: But im not at all a knicks fan.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:32am
it annoys me when people don't post pictures but ask for the opinions about said person
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I aint buying into the hype yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:33am
Not a Knick fan but Im down with Lin sanity.

Good for Golden State ,they gave away my Cwebb and now Lin.

He's kind cute too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:33am
Originally posted by Midwest_Da_Gawd Midwest_Da_Gawd wrote:

I aint buying into the hype yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:33am
people are saying that he's overrated and the only reason why a fuss is being made over him is because of his race blah blah blah. I think he's pretty decent so yeah I'm tuning into the linsanity. lintendo. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 15 2012 at 10:34am
What will D'antoni do when his star comes back. Hmmm I think he gets too much credit as an offensive genius.
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