March Madness: Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers is called for a charge against D.J. Haley of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Linsanity lives: Forget the off night that had NBA fans worldwide wondering if the Jeremy Lin story was too good to be true. It’s still plenty good, all right.
The Harvard sensation was back at his whirling ways Sunday, and the stage couldn’t have been better - against the defending champions on national TV.
Lin was Lin, and that was good enough for the New York Knicks to win.
Hours after the opening of “Saturday Night Live” spoofed the Lin phenomenon, the point guard had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists to carry the Knicks to a 104-97 victory that ended the Dallas Mavericks’ six-game winning streak. Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images
In the last 65 seconds, it was back in the most dramatic way imaginable.
Lin scored the final six points of the game, including a tie-breaking three-pointer over Jose Calderon with 0.5 seconds left, to help the Knicks win 90-87. Lin finished with 27 points and a career-best 11 assists, shaking off an uneven start to the evening.
Lin got the chance after the Knicks recovered a missed shot. With the whole arena standing, Lin drilled the shot, drawing a huge pop from the fans.
Read all our coverage of Lin’s visit to Toronto here.
Lin’s ascent amounts to almost the best possible sports story. He is an underdog, given that he went undrafted in 2010, and then was available following his release from both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. He graduated from Harvard, which pretty much assures he will be well spoken and analytical, no insult intended to many of the fine institutions that typically produce NBA players. And, he is blowing up in New York. If you can make it there, you know by now, you can make it anywhere. Soon, we imagine, he will not be sleeping on his brother’s couch.
Two stars of the 2008 Spanish Olympic team reunited on Sunday night — but not for a common goal. It was the first time Ricky Rubio (of the Timberwolves) and Pau Gasol (of the Lakers) played against each other in the NBA. We can only guess what they are saying to each other in this photo. (Eric Miller/Reuters)