Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

At the Last Second, His Legend Grows Again

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

At the Last Second, His Legend Grows Again

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Jeremy Lin hit a 3-point shot with less than a second remaining as New York extended its winning streak to six games, beating Toronto, 90-87.

The clock was running down -- on the game, on the New York 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 produced 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 National Basketball Association's newest star as their own.

About 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.

Next up for the Knicks: at home against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

"I'm just glad it went like this, so we could calm the 'Linsanity' down a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said.

There was 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 less than two weeks 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 before battling back.

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.

Lin drove in for a layup and a 3-point play to tie the score, 87- 87, with 1 minute 5 seconds left. …

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