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Knicks moving on from Linsanity

The Rockets’ Jeremy Lin, right, fouls DeMar DeRozan during the final seconds of the Raptors’ win Sunday.

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The Rockets’ Jeremy Lin, right, fouls DeMar DeRozan during the final seconds of the Raptors’ win Sunday.

NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin authored one of the NBA's most unforgettable and improbable performances for two weeks in February. He dominated the headlines and had Madison Square Garden rocking.

As Lin returns tonight for the first time since leaving the Knicks as a free agent in the offseason, his old team has been dominating the NBA, and the Garden has become louder.

When the Knicks chose not to match Houston's three-year, $25.1 million offer for Lin, many fans were outraged. But the Knicks have moved on and are out to prove they have created something more sustainable than Linsanity.

"He came in, and what he did was amazing," said Lin's successor, Raymond Felton. "I was watching every game. He hit game-winners; he was doing all that. … But it's time to move on. We're 18-5. … We're 10-0 at home. There's no need to talk about that no more."

The Knicks own the NBA's second-best record, behind the defending Western Conference champion Thunder. Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni have formed a strong point guard trio.

There remain questions as to whether this veteran group led by Carmelo Anthony (questionable for tonight with a sprained left ankle) would have followed Lin's lead if Lin had returned this season, and if the Knicks would have been as good.

Lin, 24, is averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 assists, and shooting 39.5 percent. He described his play coming into this game as "terrible." But the point guard is looking forward to tonight and putting the past behind him.

"I'm definitely ready to get it over just because I think, in some sense, there will be some closure," Lin told reporters after the Rockets lost to the Raptors 103-96 in Toronto on Sunday.

"There probably would be a little bit of nostalgia and reminiscing and thankful for those times, because those were some great times. But at the same time, it's the next chapter."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kobe Bryant scored 34, Metta World Peace added 19 and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the visiting Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month, 111-98 over the 76ers.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bucks center Joel Przybilla was suspended one game without pay for throwing a basketball that hit a referee during Saturday's game against the Clippers. … The Hornets signed forward Dominic McGuire to shore up their frontcourt with Jason Smith out with a right shoulder injury.

Lakers 111, 76ers 98

L.A. LAKERS (111): World Peace 6-10 4-6 19, Ebanks 0-4 0-0 0, Howard 7-13 3-3 17, Duhon 5-11 0-0 14, Bryant 12-21 8-9 34, Meeks 4-10 2-2 12, Morris 5-8 2-2 15, Sacre 0-1 0-0 0, Jamison 0-2 0-2 0, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-80 19-24 111.

PHILADELPHIA (98): N.Young 12-23 0-1 30, T.Young 7-10 0-1 14, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Turner 6-16 4-4 16, Richardson 3-8 1-3 9, Wright 3-9 0-0 6, Hawes 7-12 0-0 16, Wilkins 1-2 1-2 3, Ivey 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Wayns 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-83 6-11 98.

L.A. Lakers 28 32 27 24— 111

Philadelphia 24 26 23 25— 98

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 14-34 (Duhon 4-10, World Peace 3-4, Morris 3-5, Bryant 2-6, Meeks 2-8, Jamison 0-1), Philadelphia 10-25 (N.Young 6-12, Hawes 2-3, Richardson 2-6, Wilkins 0-1, Turner 0-1, Wright 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 47 (World Peace 16), Philadelphia 46 (Brown 8). AssistsL.A. Lakers 22 (Bryant 6), Philadelphia 23 (Wright 9). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 9, Philadelphia 17. TechnicalsBrown. A20,338 (20,328).

Raptors 103, Rockets 96

HOUSTON (96): Parsons 4-11 3-5 12, Morris 6-11 5-6 19, Asik 3-7 1-4 7, Lin 3-9 0-0 7, Harden 7-18 14-15 28, Smith 4-7 0-0 8, Douglas 1-3 2-2 5, Delfino 4-11 0-0 10, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 25-32 96.

TORONTO (103): Pietrus 1-3 0-0 2, Davis 6-9 1-1 13, Valanciunas 1-2 0-0 2, Calderon 6-12 5-6 18, DeRozan 8-19 2-2 19, Johnson 4-6 0-0 8, Kleiza 1-6 0-0 2, Anderson 6-12 9-9 24, Ross 4-10 0-2 9, Lucas 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 39-85 17-20 103.

Houston 28 21 22 25— 96

Toronto 26 23 28 26— 103

3-Point GoalsHouston 7-23 (Morris 2-4, Delfino 2-7, Douglas 1-2, Lin 1-2, Parsons 1-4, Jones 0-1, Harden 0-3), Toronto 8-30 (Anderson 3-7, Lucas 2-4, DeRozan 1-3, Ross 1-5, Calderon 1-5, Pietrus 0-2, Kleiza 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 53 (Asik 13), Toronto 49 (Calderon 10). AssistsHouston 14 (Harden, Parsons 4), Toronto 29 (Calderon 14). Total FoulsHouston 19, Toronto 24. A17,863 (19,800).

Nuggets 122, Kings 97

DENVER (122): Gallinari 6-9 5-5 18, Faried 3-8 0-0 6, Koufos 6-10 0-2 12, Lawson 4-7 2-2 11, Iguodala 4-7 3-4 11, A.Miller 0-1 4-4 4, Brewer 2-9 0-0 6, McGee 7-9 5-8 19, Hamilton 6-11 0-0 15, Fournier 3-5 0-0 7, Mozgov 2-4 2-2 6, Randolph 3-4 0-0 6, Q.Miller 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 46-85 22-29 122.

SACRAMENTO (97): Salmons 1-8 2-2 4, Thompson 7-14 2-2 16, Cousins 5-14 9-11 19, Brooks 3-10 1-2 9, Evans 0-4 2-2 2, Thomas 3-10 13-15 20, Garcia 3-5 0-0 7, Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Hayes 1-1 0-0 2, Outlaw 0-4 0-0 0, Fredette 4-9 0-0 10, Robinson 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 31-91 29-34 97.

Denver 32 32 33 25— 122

Sacramento 23 23 21 30— 97

3-Point GoalsDenver 8-18 (Hamilton 3-5, Brewer 2-5, Fournier 1-1, Lawson 1-2, Gallinari 1-3, Iguodala 0-1, Randolph 0-1), Sacramento 6-24 (Brooks 2-4, Fredette 2-5, Garcia 1-3, Thomas 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Outlaw 0-2, Evans 0-2, Salmons 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 61 (Faried, Iguodala 8), Sacramento 50 (Cousins 11). AssistsDenver 27 (Iguodala 8), Sacramento 13 (Thomas 4). Total FoulsDenver 25, Sacramento 19. TechnicalsFaried, A.Miller, Brooks, Cousins, Sacramento Coach Smart. A13,327 (17,317).

Trail Blazers 95, Hornets 94

NEW ORLEANS (94): Aminu 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 9-16 1-2 26, Lopez 4-8 0-0 8, Vasquez 9-20 3-3 23, Rivers 3-8 1-2 8, Davis 5-10 5-6 15, Henry 0-2 0-0 0, Mason 1-4 0-0 3, Thomas 4-5 0-0 8, Roberts 0-1 0-0 0, McGuire 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 36-80 11-15 94.

PORTLAND (95): Batum 4-11 0-0 11, Aldridge 8-17 4-4 20, Hickson 10-14 4-6 24, Lillard 5-14 2-2 16, Matthews 1-1 0-0 3, Claver 1-2 0-0 3, Babbitt 4-7 0-0 10, Barton 1-6 0-0 2, Price 1-2 0-0 2, Leonard 0-0 0-0 0, Pavlovic 2-6 0-0 4, Jeffries 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 10-12 95.

New Orleans 19 24 20 31— 94

Portland 25 29 21 20— 95

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 11-20 (Anderson 7-10, Vasquez 2-7, Rivers 1-1, Mason 1-2), Portland 11-29 (Lillard 4-10, Batum 3-9, Babbitt 2-5, Matthews 1-1, Claver 1-2, Barton 0-1, Pavlovic 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 51 (Vasquez 8), Portland 42 (Hickson 16). AssistsNew Orleans 21 (Vasquez 11), Portland 25 (Batum 10). Total FoulsNew Orleans 15, Portland 12. Flagrant Fouls—Lopez, Batum. A18,772 (19,980).

Knicks moving on from Linsanity 12/16/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 12:00am]

    

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