Nearly four weeks ago, on a Friday night, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker sat in a restaurant in New York City, watching the natives go wild.

A former Harvard economy major named Jeremy Lin was taking apart Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on the television above the bar, setting in motion the international phenomenon that would soon become known as "Linsanity."

"The whole restaurant just stopped," Ginobili recalled.

The Spurs' trio, in town to face New Jersey the next night, took the cue to get moving.

"We paid the check and ran back to the hotel so we could watch the end," Ginobili said.

By the time the "Linsanity" circus made its only stop at the AT&T Center on Wednesday, giving way to the Spurs' 118-105 victory over Lin's New York Knicks, regular sanity had been restored.