With a game-winning three-pointer in the closing second, 23-year-old Jeremy Lin, who last month rode the end of the bench for the New York Knicks, clinched the team’s sixth consecutive victory Tuesday night in Toronto. New York rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit, tying the Raptors before Lin held the ball for the final shot. He dribbled forward, pulled up and drained it in front of Jose Calderon’s outstretched hand for the win.
“I’m just glad we actually had an opportunity to be tied at the end because we came out flat,” Lin said. “I’m thankful that my coaches and teammates trusted me with the ball.”
Lin scored 27 points and added a career-high 11 assists, his second double-double. Twelve of his points came in the fourth quarter, and it was Lin’s finishing drive and made free throw that tied the game at 87-87 with 1:05 to play.
Coach Mike D’Antoni was asked if he …