2/11/2012

'Linsanity' outduels Lakers for Knicks' 4th win in a row

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (L) drives past Los Angeles Lakers' guard Derek Fisher in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

NEW YORK - "Linsanity" reigned at Madison Square Garden for another night on Friday as point guard Jeremy Lin outdueled Kobe Bryant to lead the New York Knicks to a fourth straight win with a 92-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lin, an overlooked 23-year-old who had been cut by two other teams earlier this season, led New York with a career-high 38 points and seven assists, while rookie Iman Shumpert was the next highest scorer for the Knicks with 12 points.

The Lakers, looking as though they were feeling the effects of back-to-back games after beating Celtics in overtime in Boston on Thursday, shot a poor 37.5 percent from the floor as they fell to 15-12.

Bryant, who scored only 10 points in the first half, heated up after the intermission to pace the Lakers with 34 points.

Spurred on by the dazzling performance of Lin, the NBA's first player from Taiwan of China, the Knicks led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, 12 points in the third and 13 in the fourth at 86-73 before a late fight-back by the Lakers brought them within six at 88-82.

Lin put on one last burst with a reverse layup and a pair of free throws, and drew a charge against Matt Barnes to help ice the victory and improve New York to 12-15 for the season.

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New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) passes past Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (5) in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (L) drives for a layup as Los Angeles Lakers' forward Pau Gasol (2nd L) and Knicks' guard Landry Fields (2) watch in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) makes a layup past Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (17) and Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant (24) pause as a foul is shot in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (17) gets past a reaching Los Angeles Lakers' guard Derek Fisher (R) in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin controls a loose ball against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (17) drives past Los Angeles Lakers' forward Metta World Peace in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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A fan holds a sign in the stands as the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin directs his team against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

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New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin dives for a ball out of bounds while playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.

(china daily)

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