New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, sending the Madison Square Garden crowd into a tizzy time and again with his big shot-making. (You can watch every basket here, if you missed it live.)
Lin, a Taiwanese-American guard from Harvard, has emerged as a major, pleasant surprise for the Knicks. New York's win over Los Angeles was its fourth consecutive victory, and Lin's 89 points in his first three career starts are more than any player has scored in their first three starts since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976-1977, according to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Knicks reportedly considered waiving Lin prior to his recent explosion and he had been crashing on a teammate's couch. His sensational play this week led his former GMs to admit their mistakes in cutting him, it drew comparisons to the breakout success of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and it inspired a song. "Linsanity" has gotten so big that, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported, Lin received some pre-game advice from Lakers forward Metta World Peace.
Here's a visual look back at Lin's magical night against the Lakers on Friday, from start to finish.
All photographs courtesy of Chris Chambers and Nathaniel S. Butler for Getty Images.
|Lin's image is shown on the jumbrotron during player introductions. (Chris Chambers, Getty Images)|
|Lin swoops in for the lay-up in transition after the Knicks defense forced a first half turnover. (Chris Chambers, Getty Images)|
|Lin skies for a reverse lay-up over Lakers big man Pau Gasol during the second half. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Lin celebrates with his teammates after knocking down a second half jumper as Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni tries to hide his excitement. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Lin holds his release on a fourth quarter 3-pointer, as the Madison Square Garden crowd cheers him on. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Lin went head-to-head with Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who made headlines on Thursday by admitting he didn't know much about Lin's recent play. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Two of Lin's fans wear his jersey and hold iPads bearing his image and name. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Three Lin fans catch "Linsanity" with t-shirt designs bearing the letters in his name. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|
|Two Knicks fans seated courtside wear Jeremy Lin masks to show their support. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)|