The last time the New York Knicks played the Toronto Raptors, Jeremy Lin ’10 hit a game-winning three pointer at the final buzzer. And, on Tuesday night at least, Linsanity’s hot shooting was back in action. Lin once more led his New York Knicks to victory, this time in a 106-87 win over the Raptors at Madison Square Garden.
Lin, for the first time seemingly since February, shot a high percentage from the field, making six out of 10 shots for a total of 18 points. The Harvard alum also notched 10 assists and committed only three turnovers, a number quite low for the mistake-prone guard.
Lin received help from teammates Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler, who had 22, 17, and 17 points, respectively. These four shot a combined 27-48 from the field.
With the win over the Raptors, the team’s fourth in as many games, the Knicks move one full game ahead of the Milwaukee bucks for sole possession of the East’s final playoff spot.
Interim head coach Mike Woodson spoke about the change that occurred on the team since former coach Mike D’Antoni’s departure, and the importance of this for the team’s playoff run.
“There’s a difference with everyone....” Woodson said. “I think that sense of urgency is floating right now and it’s got to stay that way because I don’t know what Milwaukee’s going to do, I don’t know what Philadelphia’s going to do and, Boston - the teams that are above us.”
With Lin back on track after an incredibly mediocre start to March, it seems that the only direction the Knicks (with a record of 22-24) can go is up. And, right now, that is just what they are doin.