Jeremy Lin leap into the national and international spotlight just got a little brighter.
The Palo Alto (Calif.)
graduate, featured here on Tuesday
, recorded his third straight breakout game by scoring 23 points to go along with a career-high 10 assists in the New York Knicks' third straight win, 107-93, over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has now scored 76 points and added 25 assists in three games.
Lin, an undrafted second-year player who was cut by two previous teams, was 9 for 14 from the field and generally outdueled the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft John Wall, who had 29 points.
According to reports, fans cheered loudly for Lin throughout and waved Taiwanese flags and signs. One read: "Linning and Grinning."
Lin's twitter account added nearly 10,000 followers on Monday alone. NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson tweeted, "Congrats to Jeremy Lin, my new favorite player in the NBA."
After Wednesday's game, Suns point guard Steve Nash tweeted: "If you love sports you have to love what Jeremy Lin is doing. Getting an opportunity and exploding!"
The most important point of view for Lin, of course, is Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, who told the New York Times: "I think it's real (Lin's ability). Because the thing that's for real is his vision, which won't change, his speed, which won't change, his knowledge of the game, which won't change. I think it can only get better."
Cooper Miller, a former teammate of Lin at Palo Alto, which won the California 2006 state title, told us Wednesday that Linsanity has been exhilarating for all the Vikings and their community. The starters off that team went to dinner in downtown Palo Alto during the NBA lockout.
Lin has never changed, Miller said. He's been a loyal friend devoted to his family, his beliefs and the game. Miller hasn't been shocked by Lin's recent success, saying that if anyone was going to reach such heights it would be Jeremy.
"Not just because how good he was as a player but his decision making off the court," said Miller, 23, a Cal graduate. "His hard work and diligence and love for the game has got him there. It's been inspiring."