WASHINGTON – When Jeremy Lin first made a name for himself in NBA circles, it was against John Wall in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League. Lin, then an undrafted free agent, won over the crowd by outplaying Wall, the No. 1 overall pick for the Washington Wizards. On Wednesday, Lin bested Wall again — except this time he was the starting point guard for the New York Knicks.
The Knicks won their third in a row with Lin in the lineup. He went scoreless in the first quarter and was cut on the chin from a collision with Wall, but Lin finished with his first double-double — 23 points (9-of-14 shooting) and 10 assists — in a 107-93 win. In three starts for New York, Lin is averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 assists. Wall played well in the loss, with a game-high 29 points (12-of-21 shooting) with six assists.
“We’re very different now than we were then. We have different systems that we’re in so there’s going to be a lot of different factors. I respect (Wall) as a player a lot,” says Lin, who landed a contract with the Golden State Warriors after his summer league performance. “Thinking back it was just a blur. Every time you have a game like that it’s a blur. You really don’t remember everything. That was the biggest game for me in the summer league.”
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