TORONTO (AP) — The New York Knicks coach calls him “Linderella.”

Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin arrived on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre with the Knicks, who are riding a five-game winning streak thanks to the former Harvard player.

Lin has averaged 27 points and eight assists in his first four starts. He’s amazed by the numbers, saying nobody expected “this to happen.”

He helped carry the Knicks with stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire sidelined. The undrafted Lin was passed over by several teams including the Raptors, then cut by Golden State and Houston.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s search for a point guard had been frustrated by injury and poor performances since waiving Chauncey Billups. But he’s found a diamond in the rough in Lin, the NBA’s first American-born player of Asian heritage.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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