NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin outplayed Kobe Bryant, ended the mighty Lakers’ dominance of the Knicks and then tried to pretend it was just another game. This was the night that proved he’s no one-week wonder, that he’s got a real NBA career ahead of him. After all, Kobe’s waiting for revenge next season.
Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Bryant as New York held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85 on Friday night. Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, Lin led the Knicks to their fourth straight win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left amid booming “MVP! MVP!” chants stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season.
“I didn’t try to see this game as any different,” Lin said. “I just try to make sure that when I get there on the floor, I play as hard as I can and try to do everything I can to help the team win. “The only thing we established tonight is four in a row. Now we try to go for five tomorrow. I’m not too worried about proving anything to anybody. As a team we’re growing and trying to build on the momentum.”
“What he’s doing is amazing,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He answered a lot of questions tonight. Can he make an outside shot? Can he pull the trigger in a big moment? He hit two 3s that just broke the game open. There’s so much stuff that he’s doing…