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Jim Mone, Associated Press
New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler, center, sets a pick on Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, as Knicks' Jeremy Lin, left, chases the loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Jeremy Lin hit a free throw with 4.9 seconds left to overcome a dreadful second half and lift the New York Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 100-98, over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Steve Novak scored 15 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 36 seconds to play and Lin used his quickness to draw a foul and get to the line in the closing seconds. He finished with 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Lin had just five points on 1-for-13 shooting and four turnovers in the second half.

Kevin Love had 32 points and 21 rebounds for the Wolves, who missed two chances to win the game in the final five seconds.