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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Linsanity: Jeremy Lin, Knicks keep winning as Tim Tebow heads to New York

The gauntlet is down, Tebowmania. Down.

With a Tim Tebow-worthy fourth-quarter performance, Jeremy Lin and Linsanity continued to roll as the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 82-79 Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

Let’s see Tebow and the New York Jets top this.

Lin had struggled, scoring two points on 1-of-11 shooting through three quarters against the Atlantic Division leaders. But when the pressure was on, he scored 16 points as the Knicks remained undefeated since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

Under Woodson, Lin is averaging 14.8 points, six assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 turnovers. The Knicks are 23-24 and hold the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, a game ahead of Milwaukee. The bar is high for the Knicks. Tebow, it should be reminded, went 8-5 as a starter for the Denver Broncos last season and led the team to the playoffs.

If Lin, who said he’s only talked to Tebow once, feels challenged by Tebow’s arrival, he isn’t saying so. “It's awesome. I'm just excited for him and to see what he does,” Lin said. “We'll see what happens next year, but I'm excited obviously that he's going to be in New York.”

He has one piece of advice to pass along to Tebow. “Everyone gave me some advice — they said, ‘Make sure not to read the papers,’ ” Lin said with a laugh. “But I don't want to say that to offend you guys. But that's what I've been told. I don't really read anything. I think it helps me.”

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