The Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs, two of the league’s hottest teams, faced off in Charlotte on Monday and Jeremy Lin brought Linsanity back. Lin torched San Antonio’s defense for 29 points on 11/18 shooting, including 4/4 from downtown. It marked the eighth time in his career that he went for 29 or more.
Seeing the score after the first quarter, betting on the Spurs to come out victorious seemed like almost a done deal. San Antonio had the Hornets on complete lockdown in the first quarter, allowing an NBA season-low seven points. Charlotte shot a measly 3/22 (14%) from the field. Nic Batum was their leading scorer with four, and Jeremy Lin didn’t attempt a shot.
The Hornets, and Lin specifically, got off to a much better start in the second quarter and tallied 29 on the Spurs defense. Lin’s night took off in the second as he scored 12 points on 5/8 shooting from the field. The Spurs kept it close, however, and scored 23 points themselves to go into halftime with a 51-36 lead.
With such a significant lead at the half, the Spurs are such a great team that a collapse is almost impossible.
So it seemed until Charlotte came out and outscored the Spurs 31-21 in the third behind 13 points from Courtney Lee. Lin played a little more than three minutes in the quarter but did manage to score a bucket in his time on the floor.
With the lead trimmed down to just five heading into the last quarter, Jeremy Lin came out and almost outscored the entire Spurs team in the fourth. San Antonio put up just 16 points on 29% shooting from the field. Lin, in the fourth, had 15 points on 5/7 shooting and even added in four rebounds.
Kemba Walker was very quiet in this one, registering just six points on 2/11 shooting. Lin’s supporting cast was made up of Nic Batum and Courtney Lee, who had 15 and 17 points, respectively.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points and seven assists, while Leonard, Duncan, and Aldridge combined for 49 points and 28 rebounds. The Spurs turned the ball over 16 times, something that’s very uncharacteristic of them.
The Spurs go back home to face the Heat on Wednesday while Charlotte travels to Brooklyn to continue their hot streak.
Around The League
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Golden State barely gets out of Minnesota with a win, 109-104. Draymond Green led the charge and stuffed the stat sheet: 24 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks. Curry and Thompson had 19 and 17, respectively.
John Wall goes for 27 points and 14 assists, and Bradley Beal has 25 as the Wizards beat the Hawks, 117-102; all three other starters scored in double-digits for Washington. The Hawks were led by Jeff Teague’s 23 points, and Al Horford was one rebound and one assist away from a triple-double.
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DEN 91 – CLE 124
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ORL 96 – BOS 107
MIL 91 – DET 92
WASH 117 – ATL 102
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GSW 109 – MINN 104
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