Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lin creates easy buckets in Knicks' win
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Linsanity continues.
Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks won their season-high seventh straight game Wednesday with a 100-85 win against the Sacramento Kings.
The recent phenomenon finished with a modest 10 points (snapping a streak of six straight 20-point games), but posted a career-high 13 assists.
Lin had nine assists at the half (a career-best for a half) leaving him two shy of tying his previous single-game best for assists.
In the third quarter, assist No. 11 came on a bounce pass to a cutting Landry Fields along the baseline, who finished with layup. No. 12 came in transition, with a bounce pass to Jared Jeffries who finished with a dunk (in fact, seven of Lin’s 13 assists came on dunks).
Those assists were just a couple of the many looks inside five feet the Knicks had when Lin was on the floor.
The Knicks attempted more than 40 percent of their shots from inside five feet when Lin was on the court Wednesday, making 81 percent.
When Lin was on the bench, the team attempted just 21 percent of its field goals from inside five feet.
But the turnover bug continues to linger.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lin’s fourth straight game with at least six turnovers tied a franchise mark shared with Patrick Ewing, Ray Williams and Bob McAdoo.
The Elias Sports Bureau also tells u Lin’s 36 turnovers over his first six career starts are the most turnovers in such a span since 1977, when turnovers began being officially recorded for individuals.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
• Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 35 points, though it came in a 98-88 Celtics loss to the Pistons. It's the first time in Rondo's career that he's posted consecutive 30-point games (scored 32 points Sunday against the Bulls).
• Tony Parker scored 34 points with 14 assists in a Spurs win against the Raptors. San Antonio has won nine straight overall for its longest win streak since winning 10 straight in December 2010.
• Deron Williams scored 26 points with 11 assists, but it came in the Nets’ 105-100 loss to the Grizzlies. It was Williams’ sixth 20-point, 10-assist game of the year, the most such games in the league this season.