Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Get Planted Again at Garden

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Get Planted Again at Garden

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NEW YORK -- The ovation was slight, cheers coming from scattered sections of Madison Square Garden, when Jeremy Lin was announced into the game midway through the first quarter.

It wasn't Linsanity as much as a slight longing, and who could blame the fans?

At least those who applauded Lin had something to cheer about as the Knicks dropped their fourth straight game at the Garden. And the rest could imagine that the joy they felt two years ago was still here instead of a 109-106 loss to Houston and a 3-5 record in a dismal start to the season.

With 39.3 seconds left the chant was, "Defense" as Lin lost control of the ball, resulting in a 24-second violation that gave the Knicks a chance to tie. Carmelo Anthony misfired from three, but the Knicks got one last opportunity when Anthony blocked a James Harden drive, resulting in another 24-second violation with 5.8 seconds left.

Anthony took the inbounds pass and was fouled by Harden before he could get a shot up -- just by a hair as Anthony was hit and then tossed in a three-pointer that was waved off. Anthony made the first free throw and then attempted to miss the second -- but made it, giving Houston back the ball.

Two years ago it was magic. The Garden was the place to be -- or actually anywhere Lin was was the place to be as he embarked on a magical mystery tour, the out-of-nowhere sensation who drew throngs of fans to see what became a worldwide sensation. Heroics streamed from his fingers, somehow living up to what had become stifling hype.

So for one night it was again, but for all the wrong reasons for Knicks fans, except those still tied to Lin.

They could cheer as Lin emerged from a quiet night, suddenly pouring in long jumpers and blowing by defenders, even dunking twice.

Anthony, who some blamed for the parting of Lin, was as good as he's been this season -- pouring in 45 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. …

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