Jeremy Lin had a team-high 21 points on Tuesday but the Charlotte Hornets fell to the Toronto Raptors, 96-90 on the road.
The loss was a crucial one for Lin and the Hornets as they fell to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings and are losing their chance of grabbing a first round homecourt advantage in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Star forward DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while star point guard Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 6 assists. Toronto is still in second place in the East and will most likely hold on to that spot when the postseason begins in two weeks.
Jeremy Lin started in place of Nicolas Batum, who was out due to a knee injury. Starting the game did well for Lin, who played 40 minutes and shot well from the field making 5 of 11 shots including four three-pointers. The Asian-American guard also added 7 assists.
The Hornets with 44 wins against 33 losses are now one game behind the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, who are tied for fourth place in the team standings.
Jeremy Lin and the Hornets have already clinched a playoff spot but they still have a chance of gaining the first round homecourt advantage with five games left in the 2015-2016 regular season.
Will Batum continue to miss games because of the knee injury? And will Jeremy Lin continue to play big minutes as the regular season winds down? The Hornets need to win as many games for a shot at a homecourt advantage in the playoffs and they need players like Lin to step up especially if injuries will continue to affect the Hornets’ rotation.
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