Jeremy Lin netted 16 of his team-best 28 points in the second half, including a huge 3-pointer with 2:57 remaining in the game Sunday, to help the New York Knicks down the NBA's defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks, 104-97 at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon.
Lin dished out a game-best and career-high 14 assists and paired with 3-point sharpshooter, Steve Novak, to combine to shoot 7-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc (Lin 3-for-6) and help the Knicks earn their eighth victory in nine games. The Knicks (16-16) are now 7-1 with Lin as the starting point guard and have reached the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 7.
Newly acquired forward J.R. Smith played 30 minutes and tallied nine of his 15 points in the first quarter, while Novak tallied all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter. Tyson Chandler added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while veteran point guard Baron Davis suited up but did not play.
The Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki ended the game with 34 points, but again, the story was Lin, who made big play after big play, including this steal and dunk in the third quarter.
Lin and the Knicks are at it again Monday, as they host the New Jersey Nets (7:30 p.m. on MSG).
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