Lin Has Career-High 13 Assists as Knicks Defeat Kings

Jeremy Lin had a career-high 13 assists as the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 100-85 to extend their win streak to seven games.

Lin, who left the game near the end of the third quarter, contributed 10 points as seven Knicks players scored at least that many at Madison Square Garden in New York tonight. Landry Fields had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Bill Walker and reserve Steve Novak each contributed 14 for the Knicks (15-15), who hit 51 percent of their field goal attempts.

“It’s crazy,” Lin said in an on-court interview as the crowd cheered “MVP.” “Thank you for the energy as always.”

Harvard University graduate Lin last night became the only player to score more than 20 points and win each of his first five starts since the National Basketball Association merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976.

Lin, 23, wasn’t drafted after graduation from Harvard and was cut by two NBA teams before being signed by the Knicks on Dec. 27.

During their 8-15 start, the Knicks used Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert and Mike Bibby at point guard before turning to Lin.

The 6-foot-3 Lin scored 28 points in his first career start against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 6 and then had 23 points and 10 assists in a win against Washington two days later. He contributed a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 10, had 20 points against Minnesota the following day. Last night, he hit the winning three-pointer in the final second in Toronto and totaled 27 points and 11 assists.

The Knicks, who lost 11 of 13 games prior to the Feb. 4 win against the Nets, continue their five-game homestand against the New Orleans Hornets Feb. 17 before hosting the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks two days later.

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 15 for the Kings (10-19), who succeeded with 38 percent of their attempts from the floor. New York had a 54-36 halftime advantage.

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