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Lin vs. Iverson: First Four Starts

Knicks wonderkind Jeremy Lin scored more points (109) in his first four NBA starts than any player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. That eclipsed the total set by the Sixers' Allen Iverson (101) in his first four starts in 1996.

Lin vs. Iverson: First Four Starts

Iverson in his first NBA start ( Jerry Lodriguss / Inquirer )<br />
Iverson in his first NBA start ( Jerry Lodriguss / Inquirer )

Knicks wonderkind Jeremy Lin scored more points (109) in his first four NBA starts than any player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. That eclipsed the total set by the Sixers' Allen Iverson (101) in his first four starts in 1996.

Lin came off the bench for 39 games in his first year-and-a-half before breaking into the starting lineup. Iverson, on the other hand, started from the get-go.

Here are each players' stats in their first four NBA starts:

ALLEN IVERSON (Sixers)
Date Opponent Dec. Min. FG 3FG FT Reb. Ast. Stl. Pts.
Nov. 1, 1996 Bucks L 37 12-19 2-  4 4-  6 2 6 1 30
Nov. 2, 1996 at Bulls L 26 4-13 2-  3 5-  8 4 2 2 15
Nov. 5, 1996 Pistons L 38 9-18 3-  6 3-  7 7 2 3 24
Nov. 8, 1996 at Celtics W 42 9-19 0-  3 14-22 6 4 2 32
   Totals   1-3 143 34-69 7-16 26-43 19 14 8 101
(49.3%) (43.8%) (60.5%)        
 
JEREMY LIN (Knicks)
Date Opponent Dec. Min. FG 3FG FT Reb. Ast. Stl. Pts.
Feb. 6, 2012 Jazz W 45 10-17 1-  3 7-  9 2 8 2 28
Feb. 8, 2012 at Wizards W 36 9-14 0-  3 5-  6 4 10 1 23
Feb. 10, 2012 Lakers W 39 13-23 2-  4 10-13 4 7 2 38
Feb. 11, 2012 at T'wolves W 39 8-24 0-  3 4-  7 6 8 3 20
   Totals 4-0 159 40-78 3-13 26-35 16 33 8 109
(51.3%) (23.1%) (74.3%)        
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