Lin lifts Knicks to fifth win in a row



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 consecutive 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 only 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.



In Charlotte, N.C., Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan all had double-doubles after three quarters as Los Angeles handed dreadful Charlotte yet another lopsided loss.

Paul toyed with the Bobcats, finishing with 18 points and 14 assists in only 28 minutes.

Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 11 points with 12 rebounds.

At 3-24, the Bobcats’ winning percentage (.125) equals that of the NBA’s all-time worst franchise, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.



In Cleveland, Jrue Holli­day scored 20 points to lead six Philadelphia players in double figures as the 76ers rolled.

The Cavaliers played without two of their three leading scorers. Center Anderson Varejao will be sidelined indefinitely because of a broken right wrist. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving missed his third consecutive game with a concussion.

Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 20 points.


SPURS 103, NETS 89

In 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 San Antonio won its seventh in the row.

Manu Ginobili (fractured metacarpal) returned after missing 22 games. He had eight points in 17 minutes.

Deron Williams scored 27 points to lead New Jersey.



In Indianapolis, Ty Lawson scored 27 points to help Denver snap a five-game losing streak.

Danny Granger scored 26 points for the Pacers.