In his first game against the New York Knicks earlier this season, Jeremy Lin scored 13 points in 35 minutes. That matchup was in Houston, though; the atmosphere far less significant and under a softer spotlight. Tonight, in his first trip back to Madison Square Garden since joining the Rockets, Lin scored his 13th point with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
He finished with 22 points on 15 shots and plus/minus of (+18) (a game high) as the Rockets gave the Knicks their first home loss of the season, 109-94.
Lin played fearless basketball, like someone who heard all the commentary about New York being better off without him and responding with a fury. He attacked the basket and dared New York's defenders to stop him, drawing two of Tyson Chandler's three first-half fouls on hard drives into the paint.
Apart from James Harden, who scored a brilliant 28 points on 18 shots, Lin was the most dominating force on the court. As polarizing a player as he is, there's no arguing Jeremy Lin can produce on a big stage.