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New York's Jeremy Lin (left) drives past Minnesota's Kevin Love. Photo: CFP

Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining, as the New York Knicks defeated Minnesota 100-98 for their fifth victory in a row. Lin, the first US-born NBA player of Chinese heritage, has captured attention worldwide after coming off the Knicks bench and helping New York to triumphs while stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were absent.

"As a team, he lifts us up," Knicks teammate Jared Jeffries said of Lin.

"It is weird to have a guy come in and be your team leader who's bounced around. He inspires all of us to play harder because this kid gives his all on a daily basis."

Lin added a game-high eight assists and six rebounds for the Knicks, who rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat the Timberwolves on Saturday.

Iman Shumpert added 20 points for New York while Landry Fields contributed 19.

Anthony has been sidelined with a groin strain while Stoudemire is out due to a death in the family.

Lin scored a career-high 38 points on Friday to help the Knicks defeat the Lakers, then scored 15 points in the first half against Minnesota before going 1-for-12 in the second half.

New York's Steve Novak sank a 3-pointer off a pass from Lin to knot the game at 98 with 36 seconds remaining.

Lin was fouled on a drive to the basket by Minnesota's Luke Ridnour with 4.9 seconds remaining and hit the second free throw to give the Knicks the lead for good.
On the last chance. But Kevin Love, who had 32 points and 21 rebounds, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Lin was undrafted after playing at Harvard University and cut in December by Golden State and Houston, only to find a place with the Knicks and make the most of his magic moment, becoming the first player since LeBron James to average 20 points and eight assists in his first two NBA starts.

"He's so good," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's all about the team. His defense is good. His energy is good. His personality rubs off on everybody."

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