Jeremy Lin Top Scores With 19, Hornets Beat Timberwolves 104-95
Jeremy Lin (19 points, 3 assists) and Jeremy Lamb (18 points, 3 assists) combined for 37 points off the bench as Charlotte Hornets defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95 on Tuesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Lin led all Hornets scorers for the first time this season.Advertisement
Lin, whose minutes were restricted to 22 in the first six games of the season, saw 26 minutes on the floor after starting two-guard PJ Hairston left the game in the second quarter with a migraine. Lamb continued to find his range, draining 2/3 from deep while shooting an astounding 8/10 from the field.
Lin and the Hornets bounced back after a terrible outing against San Antonio Spurs. ‘”It’s not going to be like that every night but tonight we felt like we really needed a boost off the bench,” Lin said after Tuesday’s win. ”We wanted to make up for what we did last game, which was give them a negative boost against the Spurs when the starters came out strong.”
Nicolas Batum added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks while Cody Zeller added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kemba Walker’s shooting woes continued as the starting point guard went 4/12 from the field. Big man Al Jefferson had a relatively disappointing outing, going 3/9 for his 9 points.
Lin continued to outshine Walker, shooting above 50 percent from the field without any turnovers. Every time Lin ran the floor, the Hornets upped the tempo and shot efficiently. Even as the Hornets were out-rebounded 48-34, their bench outscored Timberwolves 57-23 thanks largely to the efforts of Lin and Lamb. (Watch Video Highlights below)
The Hornets shot an amazing 14 of 17 free throws in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter, Lin and Lamb took over the game, overpowering Minnesota’s hapless bench defense. Lamb scored 12 in the second quarter while Lin got to the paint with ease.
In the third quarter, with Lin running the floor, Charlotte took off on a 9-0 run and increased their lead to 11. Thereafter, the visiting side did just about enough to hold onto the lead.
For the Timberwolves, rookie Karl-Anthony Towns continued to prove why he was drafted No 1 overall with an impressive tally of 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. With Andrew Wiggins ruled out of the game with a sore knee, sophomore guard Zach LaVine capitalized on the opportunity with 20 points and 8 assists. Kevin Martin added 18 points while Nemanja Bjelica added another 13.
Besides Wiggins, Kevin Garnett and Ricky Rubio were ruled out, too, with minor injuries.
The Hornets (3-4) will now return home to host the New York Knicks tomorrow.