Once again, Jeremy Lin was the talk of the sports world on Tuesday. And rightfully so.
Lin knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds to play to give the Knicks a 90-87 win over Toronto on Monday night.
He scored the Knicks' final six points, setting up his final shot with a layup and game-tying free-throw on the previous possession.
But, as Mike D'Antoni acknowledged, there may have been no Linsanity on Monday without Iman Shumpert.
With the Knicks down five and 1:31 to play, Shumpert stole the ball from Jose Calderon and converted a dunk. Lin's heroics came on the next two possessions.
"(Shumpert) turned the whole game around and gave Jeremy the opportunity to win it at the end," D'Antoni said. "But without Shumpert doing that the opportunity wouldn't have come up, it wouldn't have been the same."
After Calderon torched the Knicks in the first half, D'Antoni put Shumpert on him in the second half.
Shumpert slowed down Calderon early on and held him scoreless in the fourth quarter.
D'Antoni was effusive when talking about Shumpert, calling him "one of the better defensive players I've seen in a one time -- especially for a rookie. When he's on you, he's on you. He's relentless, he's strong -- the guy's going to be outstanding."