Jeremy Lin back to earth, Hornets fall to Pistons in crucial East match-up

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Jeremy Lin (Photo courtesy: Instagram/jlin7)

Jeremy Lin couldn’t sustain his “Linsanity”-level run in recent games struggling against the Detroit Pistons on Friday as the Charlotte Hornets could not get the crucial win on the road. The Hornets lost to the Pistons with a score of 112-105.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pistons led by Marcus Morris, who had 20 points and 7 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Arob Baynes scored 16 points off the bench for the Pistons, which improved to 39 wins against 34 losses for the season and are now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Charlotte dropped to sixth place in the East with 41 wins against 31 losses. Jeremy Lin and the Hornets were coming off back-to-back wins over the San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets and had a good chance of improving their playoff position and get the first round homecourt advantage in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Detroit started off well in this game grabbing a 36-24 lead after the first quarter and and then 72-56 after the first half. The Hornets never seriously threatened in the second half as the Pistons got the blowout win at home.

Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets with 29 points and 5 assists but his teammates struggled for much of the game. This includes Lin, who scored 29 and 21 points in the previous two games, finishing with just 4 points on 2 of 11 shooting and 3 turnovers and Nicolas Batum, who scored just 10 points and missing 8 of 12 shots from the field.

Jeremy Lin’s bad performance could be credited to fatigue as he took over the scoring role for the Hornets in the previous two games. However, if the Hornets want to have homecourt advantage in the NBA Playoffs, Lin must find the consistency to produce in other crucial games as the regular season is about to end.

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