Jeremy Lin Electrifies Garden as the New York Knicks Win Despite Losing Carmelo

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2012

Lin led the Knicks to their second straight win.
Lin led the Knicks to their second straight win.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

For the second straight game Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks to victory.

After Baron Davis suffered a setback, Lin was named the starting point guard, much to the delight of the Knicks fans. 

On Monday night, he ignited MSG and led the Knicks to back-to-back wins. The Utah Jazz cut it to a two-point game in the fourth quarter. When it got close, Lin became great, making an acrobatic layup while getting fouled.

When Utah cut the lead to six points with under two minute left, Lin was the recipient of a tipped ball, and he drained a three-pointer with no time left on the shot clock.

The Knicks seemed to put the game away behind Lin and his 28 points. He played 45 minutes and added eight assists.

The Harvard grad has brought energy back to the Knicks. Many fans wanted Lin to be the starter and Mike D'Antoni decided to go for it.

Early on it looks like a move that could turn the season around. The key is consistency. The Knicks need to receive this kind of production from Lin more often than not. 

On Saturday against the New Jersey Nets, Lin played 36 minutes, scoring 25 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. 

It may not be necessary to put up as many points as he has in the last two nights, but they will need him to continue his duties distributing the ball and providing energy to this team.

His productivity now is crucial as the Knicks are playing without two of their stars.

Amar'e Stoudemire did not play in this game due to his brother's death.

The New York also lost Carmelo Anthony early in the game on Monday night against the Jazz. He did not return to action. The severity of his groin injury is yet to be determined. He was standing behind the bench at the end of the game.

At several points throughout the game and after the game, the fans in the Garden serenaded Lin with MVP chants. Hopefully for the Knicks, the production continues.

The Knicks improve to 10-15 on the season and the Jazz are now 13-10.