What a week it has been for Jeremy Lin. He scored an NBA career-high 25 points on Saturday and broke that with 28 points on Monday in his first start -- becoming the first NBA player to score at least 28 points and have eight assists in his first since start since Isiah Thomas in 1981.
Lin also secured a guarantee contract for the remainder of the season, estimated at around $762,000. Now, if likes, he can move out of his brother Josh's New York City apartment.
To top it all off, Lin now has his first NBA dunk. That came Wednesday night in a 107-93 victory over the host Washington Wizards. Lin scored 23 points, dished out a career-high 10 assists and committed just two turnovers.
With three breakout games, the Harvard and Palo Alto High graduate has become the NBA's newest playmaking sensation. He's a fan favoritehome and awayand has earned more than 60,000 Twitter followers in just five days.
Late in the third quarter with the Knicks up by four, Lin drove past three Wizards players and suddenly was alone in front of the hoop. He slammed it through with his right hand.
"Just one of those in-a-moment things," Lin said. "I think they messed up on their coverage, so I was able to get free."
Despite being on the road, the fans cheered louder for Lin than for any other player in introductions, waving Taiwanese flags and signsincluding one that read: "Linning and Grinning."
By the time the game ended, the crowd was chanting for Lin as he walked off the floor.
"Like I said after the last game, I wouldn't have imagined this," said Lin, who was undrafted in 2010 and played his rookie season in Golden State. He later was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets and eventually found his way to New York.
"Thanks to them for coming out and they came out strong for the Knicks tonight," Lin added. "We had a lot of energy that came from them."
When the Knicks last played here on Jan. 6, Lin didn't play at all. With their two leading scorers missing Carmelo Anthony gone for a week or two with a strained right groin and Amare Stoudemire mourning the loss of his brother the Knicks desperately needed Lin's scoring this time around.
He didn't single-handedly make up for the 40 points that Anthony and Stoudemire provide, but sure energized this decidedly pro-New York crowd.
"He just does everything easy and the rest of the guys around him are playing the way we want to play," New York coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Tyson Chandler had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Knicks, who won for the third straight time. Chandler, a 10-year NBA veteran, finished two points short of his career high, but it was again Lin's night.
"I think it's for real," D'Antoni said of Lin. "The things that are real are his vision, which won't change; his speed, which won't change; his knowledge of the game, which won't change. I think it can only get better."
Wizards coach Randy Wittman knew about Lin from a close relative. His son played against Lin in college. Ryan Wittman, who played for Cornell, sent his father a sarcastic message during the game.
"He told me that they did a much better job guarding him than we did tonight," Wittman said. "I already had that text message before the game was over. Makes Dad feel good."
Former No. 1 draft pick John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points, but he was easily outdone by Lin, who next will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in a nationally televised game on ESPN at Madison Square Garden.