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Miami Heat 102, Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks 88

Date of competition: Thursday, February 23, 2012

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The All-Star Game break probably has come at a good time for Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin, who has been on an amazing 12-game, life-changing stretch with the New York Knicks. Since Feb. 4, Lin has risen from just another guy on the bench to one of the biggest celebrities in the NBA. He has been on the cover of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated (twice).

Lin has performed at an extremely high level since entering the Knicks' lineup, most recently averaging 25 points and 9.2 assists. On Thursday, Lin and the Knicks ran up against the NBA's top team, the Miami Heat, and the results were predictable as the host Heat posted a 102-88 victory.

Lin found himself under extreme defensive pressure and wound up with his least-productive outing since becoming an instant celebrity barely three weeks ago. He scored only eight points, his lowest total since before Feb. 4, while making just one of 11 shots. He did go 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists but was forced into eight turnovers as New York fell to 17-18 while Miami improved to 27-7 as Chris Bosh (25 points), Dwayne Wade (22) and LeBron James (20 points) dominated.

Lin next will play in the NBA Rising Stars game this weekend, as part of the NBA All-Star Game festivities. Then he'll get a few days off before the Knicks play host to Cleveland on Wednesday. Hopefully for Lin, the time off will help him forgot about his performance against the Miami Heat.

“It’s hard to be Peter Pan every day,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Video Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks sits down with ESPN for an interview
 
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