Madison Square Garden Brings the Linsanity Best Out of Jeremy Lin

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIDecember 18, 2012

With yet another memorable performance in the books, it is safe to say that Madison Square Garden brings the Linsanity best out of Jeremy Lin.

For the first time since March 24, 2012, Lin took part in an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. For the first time in his career, Lin did so as a member of a team that is not the New York Knicks.

This time around Lin led the Houston Rockets to a 109-96 victory over the Knicks. Lin is now 12-3 in starts at the Garden.

This latest victory certainly had a taste of sweet revenge.

During the three games prior to the Rockets-Knicks showdown, Lin had averaged 7.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. With a return to New York City, however, Lin appeared to have turned things around.

Lin finished with 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals against his former franchise.

This is yet another episode in the saga known as Linsanity. Even as he struggles away from MSG, Lin always seems to find a way to create memories in New York.

Linsanity will forever live on at the Garden.


Stepping It Up at MSG

Since the beginning of Linsanity on Feb. 4, 2012, Lin has been remarkable at Madison Square Garden. As for how dominant he's been, allow the numbers to speak for Lin.

When playing at the Mecca of basketball, Lin is averaging 19.9 points, 8.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals. As previously noted, Lin is also 12-3 in games that he's started at Madison Square Garden.


To put it simply, Lin has been one of the top point guards in the NBA when he's playing at MSG. Whether he's scoring or facilitating, Lin brings the Linsanity on a nightly basis when in New York City.

Too bad the Rockets are not in the Eastern Conference; the New York Knicks may have found their new Reggie Miller.


A New Reggie Miller?

True New York Knick fans know Reggie Miller as the most hated opponent in the history of the franchise.

Although Lin has done nothing to prove he is of Miller's caliber as a player or an enemy, he is now 2-0 against his former team. The most recent win came in dominant fashion, with Lin's Rockets holding an 83-60 lead after three quarters.

Although James Harden finished with more points than Lin, it was the Harvard graduate's 16 first-half points which paced the Rockets to victory.

Although they are separated by conference, this could become a rivalry for years to come. Lin has a history of performing his best at Madison Square Garden, with his track record now showing that he can do it for and against the Knickerbockers.

Keep in mind, Lin also has reason for a personal vendetta against Carmelo Anthony—the same 'Melo who supposedly ran him out of town (via ESPN The Magazine).

Throw in the fact that James Dolan felt Lin wasn't worth the money and you have yourself the grounds for a rivalry—one in which Lin now holds the advantage.


Struggling Away From Home

To revisit a previously listed statistic, Jeremy Lin has posted averages of 19.9 points, 8.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 4. That is the date in which Linsanity began.

When he's away from MSG, however, it's an entirely different story.

Since Feb. 4, Lin has posted averages of 14.2 points, 6.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per road game. In 2012-13 alone, those numbers shift to 10.4 points, 6.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

In other words, Lin is solid but no longer stellar away from the Garden. 

With that being established, it is important that we note his averages at Houston's Toyota Center. His numbers that sit at an equally underwhelming 11.1 points, 5.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals.

These numbers would be accepted by most, as they're close to what the likes of Jrue Holiday and Ty Lawson posted entering this season. The issue is, Lin is already a star by reputation.

A star who happens to be developing his legend at Madison Square Garden.


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