Jeremy Lin goes into assists mode

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15 2012 11:44 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin put aside his record-setting scoring to hand out a career-best 13 assists, and the New York Knicks got back to .500 with their seventh straight victory, 100-85 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Lin added 10 points, focusing more on his role as a distributor while others torched the Kings for 51 percent shooting. Landry Fields had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Bill Walker and Steve Novak each chipped in 14 points.

Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts, most by any NBA player since the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976.

The Knicks (15-15) led this one almost throughout, evening their record for the first time since they were 6-6 after a loss to Oklahoma City on Jan. 14.

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points for the Kings, who had won four in a row in New York. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 but shot only 7 of 18 and grabbed just four rebounds.

Fans, quite a few wearing Lin's jerseys or holding masks of his face, chanted "MVP! MVP!" as he was interviewed on the court after the game and held up signs such as 'Lin Your Face,' 'Linderella,' and — of course — 'Marry Me Jeremy.'

SPURS 113, RAPTORS 106: At Toronto, Tony Parker had 34 points and 14 assists, and San Antonio beat Toronto to extend its season-best winning streak to nine games.

Parker went 12 for 12 from the foul line for San Antonio, which last won nine straight during a 10-0 stretch from Dec. 3-22, 2010.

ROCKETS 96, THUNDER 95: At Houston, Kevin Martin tied a season high with 32 points, including the winning free throws with 23.6 seconds remaining, in Houston's victory over Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant missed three shots in the last 16 seconds and Houston finally grabbed the rebound on the last miss to secure the win.

MAGIC 103, 76ERS 87: At Orlando, Fla., Ryan Anderson had seven 3-pointers and 27 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds and Orlando shot its way past Philadelphia.

Orlando made 15 of 25 attempts from 3-point range, and had all five starters reach double figures for the second consecutive game. Jason Richardson had 14 points, including four 3s, and Jameer Nelson tied a career high with 14 assists and added 12 points.

CAVALIERS 98, PACERS 87: At Cleveland, rookie Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing three games because of a concussion, leading Cleveland past Indiana.

Semih Erden, starting with center Anderson Varejao sidelined indefinitely by a broken wrist, had a career-high 18 points. Darren Collison scored 18 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight.

PISTONS 98, CELTICS 88: At Boston, Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Ben Gordon hit three 3-pointers in the opening 4:09 of the fourth quarter during a game-breaking spree that Detroit past Boston.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Gordon finished with 22 points Detroit. The Pistons won for the fifth time in seven games.

TIMBERWOLVES 102, BOBCATS 90: At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 30 points and 18 rebounds and Minnesota handed Charlotte its 16th loss in a row.

Nikola Pekovic added 21 points and 11 rebounds in 43 minutes for Minnesota. The Timberwolves snapped a four-game skid of their own.

GRIZZLIES 105, NETS 100: At Newark, N.J., Rudy Gay scored 25 points, Tony Allen matched his season high with 21, and Marreese Speights added a season-high 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as Memphis handed the error-prone Nets their season-high seventh straight loss.

Deron Williams scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Nets.

HORNETS 92, BUCKS 89: At Milwaukee, Marco Belinelli made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points to lead short-handed New Orleans past Milwaukee.

Chris Kaman added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Gustavo Ayon had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help New Orleans (6-23) win consecutive games for the first time starting 2-0.

MAVERICKS 102, NUGGETS 84: At Dallas, Shawn Marion had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading six Dallas players who scored in double figures as the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five in a row.

TRAIL BLAZERS 93, WARRIORS 91: At Oakland, Calif., Gerald Wallace scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford hit a key 3-pointer and a pair of late free throws to lift Portland.

HAWKS 101, SUNS 99: At Phoenix, Josh Smith matched his season high with 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Atlanta.

CLIPPERS 102, WIZARDS 84: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers while Caron Butler added 21 points and Randy Foye scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter against his former team.

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