Linsanity put on hold as Knicks lose to Hornets
Point guard Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks took their first loss in eight games Friday night 89-85 to the New Orleans Hornets at home.
Lin had a game-high 26 points, but struggled handling the ball, as he had 9 turnovers and only 5 assists. Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire had 26 points as well in the loss.
The Hornets have won three straight games since starting the season with an atrocious 4-23 record. Small forward Trevor Ariza led the way for the Hornets with 25 points on 10-20 shooting, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. There were four other Hornets in double figures as well to help provide a balanced scoring attack.
Although the Hornets played well, all eyes in tonight’s game were on the Asian sensation from Harvard, Jeremy Lin.
Lin had the ball in his hands a lot, as he has for the last seven games, and this time he turned it over. His game high 9 turnovers are the tied for the most by any single player in the NBA this season, and it contributed to the Knicks’ loss.
But even still, Lin played better in the second half than in the first. With one minute to go, Lin hit two free throws to bring the Knicks within two. The Hornets came right back and scored, and then, with under a minute to play, the Knicks went to Lin. Lin drove in and put an up and under shot over two defenders that hit the glass and bounced off without hitting the rim.
That sealed the game, and ended the winning streak for the Knicks. Linsanity has come to a halt. But if there is any way of redeeming himself, Lin will definitely look to do it on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks, in primetime on ABC television.
The Hornets look to continue their season-long 3 game winning streak when they take on Oklahoma City on Monday.