Jeremy Lin and New York Knicks Battle into Final Seconds to Steal Road Win

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IFebruary 11, 2012

Lin, Novak, and Fields all were contributors in the Knicks win on Saturday.
Lin, Novak, and Fields all were contributors in the Knicks win on Saturday.Chris Chambers/Getty Images

No Melo or Amar'e, no problem.

The New York Knicks are riding a five-game win streak, with their latest being a thrilling comeback victory on the road.

The Knicks, who trailed for the majority of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, came from behind to win 100-98 on Saturday night.

New York continued to show life and a fight that was previously undiscovered before the emergence of Jeremy Lin.

Lin, the talk of the town (and country), participated in the comeback, though he was visibly fatigued.

He seemed to finally run out of energy in the second half against the Timberwolves. Lin had 15 points in the first half, but was only able to manage five points in the second to finish with 20 points and eight rebounds on the night.

The rest of the Knicks owed Lin for a week's worth of excitement and reciprocated in Minnesota. The amazing comeback was a full team effort.

The Knicks seemed to hit a wall in the beginning of the fourth quarter but were able to cut the deficit to three when Steve Novak made a three-pointer with 2:39 remaining in the game. This shot seemed to start the Knicks' comeback.

The Knicks took the lead with 1:23 remaining. A careless turnover by New York while inbounding  would allow Minnesota to take the lead once again.

It looked like all was lost when the Knicks were faced with a three-point deficit.

Novak, however, came up big once again, as he drained another behind the arc with 36.2 seconds remaining to tie the game 98-98. 

Ricky Rubio would take the ball on the next possession, but ended up committing his first turnover of the game while driving to the basket.

The Knicks composed themselves as they took the ball upcourt looking to take the lead for good.

Lin drove to the basket but was mauled by Timberwolves. With the score tied at 98 with 4.9 seconds remaining, Lin stood at the free-throw line. While the crowd showered him with boos, he missed his first shot, but hit his second, giving the Knicks took a 99-98 lead with less than five seconds remaining. 

A Timberwolves error on the inbound would result in Rubio's second turnover, and the Knicks regaining possession. Walker would be fouled and he hit one-of-two free throws to take a 100-98 lead with 1.3 seconds remaining.

The Knicks defended the inbound pass and forced the Timberwolves to take a bad shot. When the ball came down, it was the Knicks who were able to celebrate a stunning victory. 

Although Kevin Love dominated the Knicks on the night, scoring 32 points and adding 21 rebounds, the Knicks were still able to mount a comeback.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10:  (L-R) Jeremy Lin #17 and Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks look on against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on February 10, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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Rubio finished with 12 points and eight assists. Lin won the battle of young point guards but, more importantly, put his team in line for the victory.

For the Knicks, Iman Shumpert fouled out late, but had 20 points in the game. Landry Fields had 19 and Tyson Chandler had 12 points. Some of the most crucial points were scored by Novak however, who contributed 15 points in all.

At times it wasn't pretty, but a win is a win no matter what. At the end of the game, the Knicks showed incredible heart as they never gave up. This comeback might not have happened a couple weeks ago.

Jeremy Lin has given this team a belief that they are never out of a game until the clock hits triple zero.