The Charlotte Hornets beat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, 119-99 for the team’s second straight blowout win led by five players scoring in double figures including Jeremy Lin, who finally had a good shooting night.
The Hornets beat another struggling team, the Phoenix Suns 126-92 on Tuesday and followed it up the next day with another big win on the road. In that game, Lin scored 6 points and shot 1 of 7 field goals but he bounced back with 14 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 4 rebounds and 2 assists against the 76ers.
Kemba Walker top scored for his team with 30 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Cody Zeller had 15 points and 6 rebounds while Marvin Williams had 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Lin has averaged 24.1 minutes in the last seven games a bit lower than his season average of over 26 minutes per game. Lin has not played more than 22 minutes in the last four games and his shooting and confidence has been affected except against the 76ers when he finally shot the ball well.
Lin’s minutes is being affected by the acquisition of Courtney Lee, who was acquired by the Hornets in a trade deadline deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Veteran center Al Jefferson has also returned from injury and head coach Steve Clifford has been using a nine-man rotation that includes Lin, Jefferson, Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky off the bench.
Jeremy Lin’s effort helped the Hornets to their 32nd win of the season with 28 losses. They are now in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
It appears coach Clifford has already a set rotation for the Hornets to finish the regular season and it appears that Lin’s minutes and role with the team will be very low.
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