Jeremy Lin had 13 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Detroit Pistons 104-84 at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night. While Hornets improved to a solid 12-8 record, the Pistons stumbled to 12-10 in the competitive Eastern Conference.
Lin, checking into the game halfway into the first quarter, made instant impact when he capitalized on a bad pass from Marcus Morris for his first steal. Towards the end of the first quarter, Lin forced Steve Blake into a turnover for his second steal. With 0:02 seconds left, Lin executed perfectly on pick-and-roll to pick up two points and give Hornets a 28-20 lead.
In the second quarter, Lin made some splendid passes to find Spencer Hawes (8 points, 3 rebounds) and Jeremy Lamb (6 points, 3 assists) for easy layups.
Between all this offense, Lin continued to play stellar defense, keeping Reggie Jackson to 2/8 from the field. In fact, both of Jackson’s made field goals came with Kemba Walker on the floor.
Steve Clifford, the Hornets coach, continued to baffle with his decisions, keeping Lin off the floor for the first eight minutes of the third quarter. As soon as Lin checked back in, the Hornets were up and running again. After drawing a foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lin found Spencer Hawes for a monster dunk before draining a 25-foot three-point jumper to give Hornets a commanding 88-62 lead with 1:55 left in the third quarter.
Lin continued to shine in the fourth quarter. After drawing a foul on Aron Baynes, Lin made a 6-foot jumper to give the Hornets a 95-75 lead with 7:11 left in the game. Just then, Clifford subbed Walker back in for Lin. It was a puzzling move since Lin had given Hornets the impetus.
Lin’s efficiency was off-the-charts as he had just the solitary turnover from 26 minutes.
While Marvin Williams had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Cody Zeller added a season-high 20 points for the Hornets. Nicolas Batum had 13 points and 7 assists but four turnovers.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for a Live Twitter Q&A interaction between Jeremy Lin and his fans.