Jeremy Lin Bounces Back As Hornets Beat Nets 116-111
Jeremy Lin had a bounce-back game on Wednesday with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-111. Nicolas Batum led all scorers with 24 points, 8 assists and 2 blocks as the Hornets improved to a 6-6 record in the topsy-turvy Eastern Conference.Advertisement
Lin underwent a lean patch in the previous two outings but was playing closer to his best against the 2-10 Nets at the Time Warner Cable Arena. With Hornets trailing 88-86, coach Steve Clifford kept Lin on the court for the entirety of the fourth quarter, and the point guard responded admirably in the clutch scenario. Hornets outscored Nets 30-25 in the last quarter, thanks largely to Lin’s hustle.
After 14 lead changes through the first three quarters, the game was tied going into the fourth quarter. But that’s when Hornets went on a game-altering 13-4 run — sparked by Lin.
In the final quarter alone, Lin had 9 points, 1 steal and 3 rebounds while drawing a couple of fouls on Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington. Lin was typically disruptive on defense, enforcing the Nets into a bunch of late turnovers. Hornets committed 16 turnovers in the game but were saved by multiple possessions and efficient shooting in the last quarter.
With 33 seconds left, Lin turned the ball over, but luckily for Hornets, Lopez missed a short jumper. Charlotte sealed the deal after Marvin Williams made a few late free throws to make a 114-108 game with 17 seconds remaining. (Watch Jeremy Lin Video Highlights Below)
Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker scored 18 points each for the Hornets, who have now won six of their last nine games. Though Walker scored 18 points, he had a shoddy plus/minus rating of –2. Lin, with a +8 rating, and Spencer Hawes, with a +12 rating, were the most efficient players on the court. While Marvin Williams added 14 points, Cody Zeller, promoted to the starting unit for the first time, didn’t score a solitary point.
For the Nets, Thaddeus Young had 27 points on an impressive 11/17 shooting while Brook Lopez added 23 points. Veterans Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson had 16 points apiece.
The Hornets now travel to Boston for a match with the Celtics on Friday night. The Nets return home to host the Philadelphia 76ers on the same night. Will Jeremy Lin continue to shine?