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Jeremy Lin plays worst game of career, Hornets fall to Mavericks

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Jeremy Lin of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7)

Jeremy Lin played one of the worst games in his career Monday night as the Charlotte Hornets fell to the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 107-96 snapping a seven-game winning streak by Charlotte.

Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavericks with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Nowitzki posted a double-double by adding 11 rebounds while Parsons had a good all-around game with 9 rebounds, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

This was a much needed win for the Mavericks, who previously lost five straight games before the victory on the road. Dallas got their 34th win against 33 losses for the season and tied the Houston Rockets in seventh place in the Western Conference standings. The Hornets fell to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 37 wins against 29 losses.

For the followers of Jeremy Lin, the performance is bad news as Hornets head coach Steve Clifford continues not to give Lin his regular minutes. He played in just 19 minutes on Monday night and finished the game without a field goal, 0 of 3 and just 1 of 4 from the free throw line.

This was a season-low for Jeremy Lin, who had 2 points in a 108-91 win over the Chicago Bulls last February.

The Hornets were led by Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, who had 25 and 20 points, respectively. Walker added 9 assists and 2 steals while Batum had 7 assists and 2 steals.

Coach Clifford continues to give Courtney Lee the playing time, and not Jeremy Lin, as the shooting guard acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies last month played 31 minutes and scored 12 points.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7

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