Without one of their key starters, Jeremy Lin and Frank Kaminsky stepped up in Game 3 and led the Charlotte Hornets to a blowout 96-80 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday to make it 2-1 in their best-of-seven series in the first round of 2016 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Jeremy Lin, who came off the bench, started off well for the Hornets with 13 points in the first half when they had a slim 49-44 lead. Lin finished the game with 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 4 rebounds and 4 assists and easily had his best game this series.
Meanwhile, Kaminsksy provided the scoring in the second half and finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the game. Most of the damage was done in the third quarter, when Charlotte outscored Miami 26-14 and opened the game to a blowout.
The Hornets went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter.
Aside from Jeremy Lin, other Hornets who played well were Marvin Williams, who had a double double of 12 points and 14 rebounds, Al Jefferson, who had 10 points and 8 rebounds and Kemba Walker, who had 17 points.
The Hornets snapped won a playoff game for the first time since May 2002 and snapped a 12-game postseason losing streak. Owner Michael Jordan was in the Hornets’ bench all game and celebrated with the Hornets after getting the victory.
The Heat won the first two games via blowout victories to grab the 2-0 series lead. The Hornets can tie the series at 2-all with Game 4 set on Monday.
Lin was one of the players pegged as the players to step up for the Hornets with starting forward Nicolas Batum expected to be out this first round series. Jeremy Lin proved that on this night along with other role players like Kaminsky and Williams.