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Sunday night Lin and the Knicks took down defending champions the Dallas Mavericks 107-94. Lin put up impressive numbers, scoring 28 points and dishing out a career high 14 assists. But before his excellent performance, his opponents dealt the young star some pretty cutting disrespect.
Just before the game, Mavericks point guard Jason Terry spoke ill of Lin's accomplishments and attempted to denigrate them, saying, "If you play 46 minutes [a game] in this league, you have an opportunity to put up some nice numbers."
But it's clear that Lin's excellent performance is not just a result of more time on the court –Lin makes his own opportunities on the court. Take last night's game for example- in the fourth quarter Lin hit not one, but two huge 3-point buckets.
One was over reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki.
Despite his all-star performance, Lin remained humble. After the game he told Sports Illustrated that they "had a lot of people that contributed tonight. I think across the board the efficiency was just there."
Terry would more than agree that Lin is not the sole reason for the Knicks win last night. In earlier comments, Terry insists that nearly the entire Knicks winning streak should be credited to the coach.
Before the game, he told Yahoo! Sports, "To me [the Knicks' success] is 100 percent [the work of coach Mike D'Antoni]." He soon backpedaled a bit and conceded that actually only "95 percent" of their success is due to D'Antoni.
Terry went on to say, Lin will "have to maintain this pace. It's going to be tough. Ask anybody: Give them an opportunity, ball in their hands, 20-plus shots and you better do something."
Sunday night, Lin responded to Terry's comments by doing a little more than "something"- he lit up the scoreboard, dishing the ball effectively, and leading the Knicks to a 107-94 victory over Jason Terry and the Mavericks.