Jeremy Lin scored seven of his 14 points in overtime as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Sacramento Kings 127-122 in a thrilling match at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night.
Lin continued to shine on the defensive end with 2 steals and a block, leading the team in efficiency and plus/minus with a rating +18. He also racked up three assists and three rebounds. With 43 seconds left in OT, Lin made a 19-foot shot and followed it up with clutch free throws to seal the deal. The crowd gave Lin a thunderous ovation for his clutch performance (watch video highlights below).
Kemba Walker led the scoring charts with 39 points and 5 assists while Nicolas Batum had a near-triple double performance with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Hornets battled back from a 22-point second-half deficit for their second-largest comeback win in franchise history.
The Kings dominated most of the game until Hornets bounced back in the last quarter. DeMarcus Cousins, back after a one-game suspension, finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds while Rudy Gay had 28 points and 10 boards. Point guard Rajon Rondo had an impressive tally of 14 points and 20 assists.
The Hornets’ fourth-quarter charge was led by Walker, who scored 21 points in the final period alone and appeared to win the game on a layup with 0.7 seconds left. However, the Kings and Gay responded with a side inbounds pass from Rondo to send the game into overtime.
Walker went 9/10 from the field in the fourth with three massive 3-pointers. At one stage, with Hornets trailing 91-74, the game was all but sealed. But some spectacular defensive plays from Lin and Batum helped the home team rally back to improve their record to 8-2.
The Hornets will now host Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Kings will visit Milwaukee on the same night. Will Jeremy Lin continue his hot streak?