Jeremy Lin hit three of his four three-point attempts in a strong finish to an otherwise erratic preseason. In previous games, Lin had been misfiring from every area of the court.
Coming into this matchup, Lin had been particularly cold from distance. True to recent bad form, Lin's first three point attempt of the evening went awry, extending his slump from behind the arc to a lowly 0-for-9 mark.
Before this outing, Lin had born little resemblance to the high-scoring breakout star of the halcyon days of "Linsanity" in New York.
Lin logged only 23 minutes against the Magic, but he put up impressive numbers: he was 5-for-10 from the floor, dished out 5 assists and handled the ball with confidence and purpose, achieving a rare Lin feat; 0 turnovers.
The preseason matters little, but this solid showing provides much-needed momentum for Lin. He is heading into the regular season as one of the most intriguing and unpredictable NBA storylines.
Many observers doubt that Lin can regain even a modicum of the stunning and sudden success he had with the Knicks.
One thing is for sure; he won't be sneaking up on anyone this year.
Lin's name will appear high on all scouting reports and both fans and detractors will watch his every stride through the marathon that is an NBA regular season.
It came late in the preseason, but Lin found his "mojo" just in time to start his journey through 82 games that actually count.