New York Knicks Stomp Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: A Fan’s Reaction

The game for the New York Knicks on Friday night (Feb. 10) was a great chance for point guard Jeremy Lin to prove that his last three games were not a fluke. Going up against the tough defense of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA's leading scorer in Kobe Bryant, it seemed like a game that would actually test the entire team. It may have been a test, but Lin and his cohorts almost made it look too easy. The Knicks would stomp the Lakers in the end, finishing them off 92-85.

The Knicks jumped out to an early lead in this game, and even held the Lakers to just 15 first quarter points. It's tough to not get nervous though, because every Knicks fan has seen the team blow leads before. That didn't happen in this one though, as Lin completely took the game over and the game only remained close because Bryant starting hitting a bunch of crazy shots on the other end. Suddenly it became a one-on-one battle between Lin and Bryant, with the unlikely Harvard point guard getting the best of this battle.

Lin would finish the game with 38 points on 13-for-23 shooting, including going 10-for-13 from the free throw line. He added 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals to put up the best stat line of his NBA career. It seems like every night he takes the court Lin does something else amazing. Against the Lakers, he was taking the ball to the basket strong, he didn't back down from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and when he got forced to take outside shots he just kept on hitting them.

Bryant would finish with 34 points for the Lakers on 11-for-29 shooting, but the Knicks defense held Bynum to just 3 points and Gasol to just 16 points for the night. Helping the offense for the Knicks was Jared Jeffries with 11, Iman Shumpert with 12 and Steve Novak with 9 points. The win improves New York to 12-15 on the season and pushed the winning streak to four games now.

The Knicks have to turn around and play again Saturday night (Feb. 11) against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This schedule maker made this one really tough on the Knicks though, especially after having an 8 p.m. ET start time on Friday night (Feb. 10), now the team has to hope a flight and get out to Minnesota for the game on Saturday night. It's another challenging game, going up against Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, with start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.

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Updated Friday, Feb 10, 2012