In the first-ever highly publicized on-court battle between NBA Phenoms LeBron and Lin, it’s King James who successfully defends the throne!
Jeremy Lin is about to face the downside of being New York’s most celebrated athlete. He’s going to learn what it’s like when the New York jump all over you. In the Lin vs LeBron battle that THE HEYMAN HUSTLE PREVIEWED EARLIER THIS EVENING, the NBA’s instantly-famous sensation looked looked a step slow, both mentally and physically. His confidence, like his aim, was off.
For the first time since beginning his LINsane run as the Knicks starting point guard, Lin looked a guy from Harvard who had absolutely no business being on the same basketball court with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Looking tired and in need of a break, the Knicks became unglued in the second half before eventually falling 102-88 to the Heat. There’s no arguing the point that Lin, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S BACK-TO-BACK COVER BOY, had his worst game since becoming a starter. He missed 10 of 11 shots, scoring 8 points with six rebounds, three assists and eight turnovers.
When pitted against King James and the bad ass Miami Heat, Jeremy Lin just plain sucked tonight.The loss dropped the Knicks record to 17-18 heading into the All-Star break. They are also 8-3 with Lin as a starter.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting. Amar’e Stoudemire took just seven shots and scored 13 points. J.R.Smith added 14 off the bench. “We’re going to be a different team in a month, hopefully,” Knicks’ Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We have to be.”
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 25 points, Wade scored 20 and LeBron added 20 as Miami improved to 27-7.
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