NBA News: Jeremy Lin Not Feeling Nostalgic in MSG Return as Nets Defeat Knicks
on Mar 17, 2017 08:36 AM EDT
Jeremy Lin was not feeling nostalgic about "Linsanity" when he returned to Madison Square Garden on Thursday. It did not matter as the Brooklyn Nets used a big second half to beat the struggling New York Knicks 121-110.
In an interview before the Nets vs. Knicks game, Jeremy Lin was asked by Newsday regarding his feelings about playing at MSG against the Knicks. It has been five years since "Linsanity" happened at the Big Apple when Lin had an incredible run for someone who is undrafted.
"We've played each other three times this season and two times in the preseason and we're like five years removed," Lin said. "I think we're much past that. It is just another game. That's literally what it is to all of us."
"Linsanity" was surely not back on Thursday against the Nets as Jeremy Lin struggled with his shot. However, his playmaking was big for Brooklyn and he still was able to score 15 points, grabbed four boards, dished eight assists and had three steals, per NBA.com.
Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and ten rebounds. The Nets tied the season series with the Knicks 2-2 but it was only their 13th win of the season.
On the other hand, the Knicks were led by Derrick Rose, who scored 22 points. Carmelo Anthony was cold from the field but he managed to put up 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Kristaps Porzingis was out for the game because of a thigh injury he suffered earlier in the week.
Jeremy Lin and the Nets host the Boston Celtics on Friday at the Barclays Center as they look to finish the season strong. The Nets are on pace to have the worst-record of the season but it will be good for the team's confidence if they reach 20 wins.
The Knicks, on the other hand, have four days before they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday for their four-game West road trip. New York still has a small chance to make the playoffs but they are more likely to miss the postseason for the fourth straight season.