Lin Hits Game Winner as Knicks Beat Raptors

Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win!

Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending its winning streak to six games.

“I’m just glad it went like this so we can calm the Linsanity down,” cracked Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.

No chance of that. The NBA’s first American-Taiwanese player, Lin scored 27 points and added a career-high 11 assists in his first game since being named Eastern Conference player of the week.

“He continues to impress every night,” New York’s Jared Jeffries said. “Every game he plays better, he does more and more to help us win basketball games. You can’t ask any more of a kid coming into this situation.”

While he’s the one standing in the spotlight, Lin said sharing success with his teammates is as big a reward.

“It’s not because of me, it’s because we’re coming together as a team,” Lin said. “We started making these steps earlier but we were still losing close games and so obviously it wasn’t fun. But when you win, that solves a lot of problems. We’ve been winning and we’ve been playing together.”

Making just his fifth career start, Lin had no hesitation in taking the decisive shot. Continue Reading…

It’s Clippers Who Bring The Noise In Resounding Win Over Thunder

Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin during a ga...

It’s Clippers Who Bring The Noise In Resounding Win Over Thunder: From the looks of things, the Clippers have accepted the challenge that this difficult week might bring.

Day 2 of The Gauntlet on Monday night brought the Clippers a showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the best record in the NBA and two of the league’s top young stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

And it didn’t turn out to be much of a problem for the Clippers, not with six of them scoring in double figures and Blake Griffin putting on another dunk show during their 112-100 victory over the Thunder at Staples Center.

Chris Paul directed the attack, producing a double-double with 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting and 14 assists, doing his part to help the Clippers build leads as big as 22 points. Paul scored 15 of the team’s last 31 points.

Griffin did his share to help the Clippers win to back-to-back games by scoring 22 points, including yet another stupendous dunk, over Kendrick Perkins in the third quarter.

Caron Butler had 22 points on nine-for-16 shooting, four for eight from three-point range. Continue Reading…

Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year Part of Big Night Against Thunder

Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin during a ga...

Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year Part of Big Night Against Thunder: For some reason, Blake Griffin loves playing at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His monster one-handed dunk over Kendrick Perkins will be highlight reel fodder for months. LeBron James tweeted it was “Dunk of the Year.” Even as a Thunder fan, I can appreciate the monster dunk. Kevin Durant needs to have some of those to fire up his team.

Griffin’s 22 points put the game out of reach early and often Jan. 30, unfortunately for Thunder fans. Yet the team should have seen the big man coming. All Perkins could do was foul him. At the time of the dunk, the game was already too far out of reach as the exhausted Thunder simply couldn’t keep up despite the Clippers coming off a game in Denver the night before.

ESPN reported Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds back on Nov. 3, 2010, when the Thunder traveled to L.A. to play the Clippers last season. Griffin was part of Clippers’ squad that was much more energetic than the Thunder. Perhaps the rough NBA season is catching up with Oklahoma City. Maybe the Clippers simply have the Thunder’s number. Griffin certainly likes throwing down one-handed dunks. Continue Story…