Big man Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points on 15/18 shooting while Jeremy Lin continued to shine on the defensive end as the Charlotte Hornets pulled away in the third quarter and defeated Dallas Mavericks 108-94 on Thursday night.
This was Charlotte’s first victory in Dallas following 11 consecutive defeats since the franchise that began as the “Bobcats” back in 2004-05.
Jefferson was ably supported by Marvin Williams who added 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Lin continued to make highlights on the defensive end, finishing with 2 steals and a block in 17 minutes of playing time. Early in the second quarter, Lin forced opposition PG JJ Barea into a turnover (watch video below) and finished at the other end, switching the momentum towards the visiting team. That play led the Hornets on a bit of a run until Barea ended the Mavs’ scoring drought with a deep three.
With a few seconds left on the clock before the half time break, Lin blocked a 30-foot prayer from Wesley Matthews to send his Charlotte Hornets teammates into a frenzy. In the five games thus far, Lin has aggregated 4 blocks and 4 steals – having taken his defensive game to another level. Lin added 7 points and 2 assist while on the floor and finished with an impressive plus/minus rating of +7. Lin continued to outshine starter PJ Hairston who had 4 points and 3 rebounds.
It’s puzzling that Lin continues to receive only 17 minutes off the bench, despite out-performing his fellow guards. Hopefully for Lin fans, there will be an increase in minutes as the season progresses.
Point guard Deron Williams led the Mavericks with 15 points, while the 7-foot trio of Dirk Nowitzki, Zaza Pachulia and Dwight Powell added 14 points each.
The Hornets (2-3) now travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Mavs host New Orleans Pelicans on the same night.