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Got tickets? Knicks prices triple to $557 with Lin starting

By Mason Levinson

Bloomberg News

LAST UPDATED: 12:07 p.m. HST, Feb 17, 2012

The average ticket price to watch the New York Knicks attempt to win their eighth straight game tonight is $557 on the secondary market, tripling in price since Jeremy Lin first joined the starting lineup less than two weeks ago, according to TiqIQ.

Tickets to the game at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan against the New Orleans Hornets, with a 5-23 record, were averaging $181 on Feb. 7, the day after Lin’s first start, according to TiqIQ, an aggregator of the online resale market.

The average ticket price for the Knicks’ next game, against the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 19, is $769 on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.

Lin, a 23-year-old Harvard University graduate who is the first Taiwanese- or Chinese-American to play in the National Basketball Association, was a little-used reserve who had been cut by two teams before getting 25 points and seven assists in a win over the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4. He’s averaged 24.4 points and 9.1 assists during the streak, making him an immediate team leader and an international sensation.

The average Knicks’ home ticket price for the entire season is now $282, which is 23 percent higher than the $230 average price on Feb. 3, according to TiqIQ. The price of the Hornets ticket has increased by 207 percent.

If New York (15-15) beats the Hornets, it will be tied for the 11th-longest win streak in franchise history.

Victories over the Hornets and the Mavericks (19-11) would give New York a nine-game winning streak, tied for the seventh- longest in team history and the most since a 15-game run that began on March 1, 1994. That season ended with a seven-game loss to the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.


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