Jeremy Lin: LINsanity Beating Kobe Bryant!

Knicks' Jeremy Lin steals the spotlight from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during a spectacular 38-point performance Friday night.

Jeremy Lin apparently is for real. Just ask Kobe Bryant.
Lin, if you can believe it, out-Kobed one of the NBA’s all-time great players by scoring a career-high 38 points in the Knicks’ eye-opening 92-85 victory Friday night at the Garden. “I didn’t see 38 coming,” Tyson Chandler said. “I think he’s taken us all by surprise. Not only us but the league.”
There was no stopping Lin or the Knicks as they won their fourth straight game by dominating Kobe and a not-so-vintage Lakers team. In Lin’s first nationally televised performance, the Harvard-educated point guard started to make believers out of everyone. “Players don’t usually come out of nowhere,” Kobe said. “If you go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning but no one ever noticed.”
The Lakers and Bryant seemed to be worn out from beating the Celtics in overtime 24 hours earlier. Andrew Bynum in particular looked sluggish. He played like the oldest 24-year-old on the planet. Even Kobe, who three years ago scored 61 at the Garden, started off 1-for-11 and perhaps set himself up for a bad night by claiming on Thursday that he wasn’t aware that Lin had suddenly transformed the Knicks. Asked if Bryant knows him now, Lin said: “You’d have to ask Kobe. He helped me up during the game so he might know who I am.”
Lin made 13 of 23 shots, including a 3-pointer in front of the Lakers’ bench with six minutes left that threatened to blow the roof off the place. Three minutes later, Lin scored on a reverse layup that put the Knicks ahead by 10 and had the crowd chanting “M-V-P.” But Lin’s signature moment was a spin move past Derek Fisher that resulted in a layup. Against Washington, Lin had a dunk. Against the Lakers, it was the spin.
“I’ve never seen this,” Mike D’Antoni said. “It is not often that a guy is going to play four games, the best you are going to see, and nobody knows who he is. That is hard to do.”
The Knicks won again despite playing without Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Somehow, they are winning with a starting lineup that features Bill Walker, Jared Jeffries and Landry Fields. But the Knicks are all playing hard, sharing the ball, and Lin is making everyone look better, including himself. “He got 38 points in the context of team basketball,” D’Antoni said.
“He is looking a lot like (Steve) Nash except a little bit more aggressive in going to the basket and scoring,” Bynum said.



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