Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 26 points but the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t overcome the Los Angeles Clippers during an 83-97 defeat on Saturday. While the Hornets suffered their sixth consecutive defeat, the red-hot Clippers posted their seventh consecutive victory.
Chris Paul led his Clippers with 25 points and 7 assists while DeAndre Jordan registered 19 rebounds. The Clippers have been 7-0 since Blake Griffin suffered a partially torn tendon in his left quad. In the absence of Griffin, the likes of Paul and JJ Redick (17 points) have stepped up their game. |Box Score|
With Nicolas Batum missing his fourth consecutive game due to a toe injury, Lin made his sixth start of the season and led his team on both ends of the floor. “At this point, we are just trying to get a win. But I would say today (on Saturday) that we played harder and had more communication on the defensive end than we have had in previous games. If we keep playing as hard as we did today, good things will happen in the near future,” Jeremy Lin, the Hornets guard, said after the defeat.
Kemba Walker’s awful shooting night (4-16 FG, 0-4 3pt) meant Lin (9-16 FG, 3-4 3pt) had to carry the burden for Charlotte. No other Hornets starter scored in double digits. Lin received some support from Jeremy Lamb’s 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. In all, Lin finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal to further his candidacy for the Sixth Man of the Year honor.
Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, credited his defenders for shutting down Walker. “He (Kemba) missed some shots, but I thought C.P. (Chris Paul) and Austin (Rivers) were really effective with their size and getting into him. But I thought our bigs were good with Walker today, too. They were very alert to him and they were up to the pick-and-rolls a little bit more.”
Jeremy Lin and the Hornets will travel to Denver next for a clash with the Nuggets on Sunday night.