MINNEAPOLIS — Jeremy Lin did it again.
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 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 5 seconds.
The Knicks trailed by seven with 6:41 to play and it looked as if a week of Tebow-like hype was finally catching up to Lin. But the Wolves only scored one field goal the rest of the way.
SPURS 103, NETS 89: At Newark, N.J., Gary Neal scored 18 points, and Tim Duncan recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs won their seventh in the row. San Antonio was bolstered by the return of sixth man Manu Ginobili. The Argentinean guard had not played in 22 games after suffering a fractured metacarpal in the Spurs' 106-96 loss in Minnesota on Jan. 2. Ginobili, who spelled Green, scored eight points and had four assists in 17 minutes. Deron Williams scored 27 points to lead the Nets, who have lost six in a row.
76ERS 99, CAVALIERS 84: At Cleveland, Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead six Philadelphia players in double figures as the 76ers rolled over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland, which dropped an overtime decision to Milwaukee at home on Friday, played without two of its three leading scorers. The team announced before the game that center Anderson Varejao will be sidelined indefinitely because of a broken right wrist sustained Friday. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving missed his third straight game with a concussion.
CLIPPERS 111, BOBCATS 86: At Charlotte, N.C., Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan all had double-doubles after three quarters. Paul toyed with the Bobcats, finishing with 18 points and 14 assists in only 28 minutes. At 3-24, the Bobcats' winning percentage (.125) equals that of the NBA's all-time worst franchise, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
NUGGETS 113, PACERS 109: At Indianapolis, Ty Lawson scored 27 points to lead Denver, snapping the Nuggets' five-game losing streak.1 comment on this story
MAVERICKS 97, TRAIL BLAZERS 94 (2OT): At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Jason Terry added 19, and the Mavericks held on. Former Dallas-area high school star LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points, 15 during a fourth-quarter rally.
MAGIC 99, BUCKS 94: At Milwaukee, Jason Richardson scored 28 of his season-high 31 points in the second half and made nine 3-pointers.
SUNS 98, KINGS 84: At Sacramento, Calif., Jared Dudley had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns to their fourth win in five games for the Suns. Tyreke Evans shot 1 of 9 and finished with four points while being guarded all game by Grant Hill.