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Lin steals the show with perfect shots to down Bobcats

2012/01/25 20:16:20

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Scoring 8 points in less than six minutes, Jeremy Lin, the first player of Taiwanese descent to make the roster of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team, asserted himself Wednesday as a legitimate NBA talent.

The 23-year-old Harvard graduate with the New York Knicks had 8 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in just under six minutes of action during an NBA pro basketball game between the Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday.

The Knicks, which claimed Lin off waivers on Dec. 27 to strengthen the club's depth at point guard, won the game 111-78.

The Knicks are Lin's third team since he made his NBA debut in 2010 year as a rookie with the Golden State Warriors.

He played 29 games as a rookie, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals for the Warriors.

Golden State waived him in early December to clear salary-cap room. He then spent two weeks with the Houston Rockets and played in two pre-season games in which he had 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in just under eight minutes of action. But he was cut again in mid-December.

Lin's addition gives the Knicks 15 players on their roster. The team still has a US$2.5 million cap exception available to acquire a free agent, but if they choose to add another player, they would need to free up a roster spot.

Lin said on his Facebook page that he was grateful to have the opportunity to play with the Knicks.

Lin, whose parents come from Taiwan, last visited the island in August 2011 for a charity event.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Deborah Kuo)