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Jeremy Lin sets more MSG records

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks in

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks in action against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden (Feb. 20, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Linsanity continues as Jeremy Lin proves he’s must-see TV and a goldmine at the same time.

The Knicks sent out back-to-back releases about Lin’s impact on the Garden of Dreams Foundation and MSG Network.

On the TV side, the Knicks’ last two games on MSG were the two-most watched regular-season contest since the network began tracking household ratings at the start of the 1988-89 NBA season, the release said.

It said the Nets’ game last night was No. 1 and the Hornets game Friday was a close second. The Hornets’ game also was the third-highest rated show in New York during primetime Friday, behind 20/20 and Blue Bloods.

Both were the highest-rated event on MSG since Game 6 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals.

Lin’s impact also was felt in an online auction where the jersey he wore in the Feb. 10 game against the Lakers – the night he scored a career-best 38 points – raised $42,388.

The jersey was auctioned off with four tickets and a postgame meeting with Lin for tomorrow night’s game against the Hawks.

The release said it was the first time a Garden of Dreams auction item raised more than $40,000.

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