Jeremy Lin made history by scoring 27 points in a win against the Toronto Raptors. In his first 5 NBA starts Lin has scored 136 points and now holds the record for the most points scored for an NBA player in their first 5 NBA starts. His total of 136 points puts him in first place ahead of Dan Issel who had 129 points. More interesting is the other players on the list that Lin surpassed which include Shaquille O’Neal, Freeman Williams (1977 and 1978 NCAA men’s basketball Division I scoring champion), Jerry Stackhouse, and Dominique Wilkins. Say what?
Not only is Lin scoring but he’s also dishing out an average of 8 assists per game as well. The New York Knicks have also won 6 straight games starting with the New Jersey Nets where Lin didn’t start but scored 25 points and the next 5 games where he started and scored 28 points against the Utah Jazz, 23 points against the Washington Wizards, 39 points against Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers, 20 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves and 27 against the Toronto Raptors. Mind boggling stats if you think about it, it makes you wonder what the coaches and G.M.’s of Golden State and Houston were thinking when they had this guy. Go ahead and add Mike D’Antoni to that list who only played Lin because of injuries to Baron Davis and poor play by Tony Douglas, Mike Bibby and Iman Shumpert. D’Antoni will end up looking like a genius when all is said and done, to think he was on the brink of being fired before this Lin streak. I’m not even going to get into how much revenue Linsanity has brought to the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden Inc. because it’s utterly Lindiculous.
Next up for the Knicks and the Jeremy Lin Show are the Sacramento Kings, how many points do you think Lin will score this time? I’m sure he’ll be looking for redemption from his first encounter with the Kings this season, where he looked terrible and was basically written off by everyone solely basing him off garbage time play. Check out the video below. Is this the same guy? Lin FTW.
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