Jeremy Lin makes game-winning three-point basket for Knicks
Jeremy Lin's journey from obscurity to NBA sensation continued Tuesday night when he made a game-winning three-point basket with less than a second left to lift the New York Knicks to a 90-87 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Lin, who scored six consecutive points late in the game to help give New York the win, finished with 27 points and 11 assists, all while sharing the court with Amare Stoudemire, who returned from a four-game absence.
Some NBA analysts (and at least one NBA Western Conference executive) have speculated Lin would not be able keep up his high-scoring pace once Stoudemire and the injured Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup. Anthony is scheduled to return later this week.
However, since seeing the first significant playing time of his career Feb. 4., Lin has been one on the league's most dynamic players. He scored a career-high 38 points against the Lakers on Friday and he has scored no fewer than 20 points in the last six games.
Even more incredible, the fans in Toronto actually roared in celebration (or was that a collective cringe of disappointment?) when Lin made his jump shot. So, it's probably safe to say "Linsanity" has officially crossed the border.
But what do you think? Is Lin a bona fide NBA star or does he still need to prove himself?
-- Austin Knoblauch