Jeremy Lin went back to his old stomping grounds but failed to relive the “Linsanity” as he struggled from the field on Wednesday night versus former team New York Knicks. However, the Charlotte Hornets beat their East rivals, 111-97 led by Kemba Walker, veteran Al Jefferson and rookie Frank Kaminsky.
Jeremy Lin struggled for just 6 points in 31 minutes on the floor missing 7 of 9 shots from the field but had 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Walker top scored with 34 points while Jefferson and Kaminsky added 24 and 16 points, respectively.
The Hornets raced to a 30-25 lead after the first quarter but the Knicks came back in the second quarter to cut the lead at 53-52 by halftime. Charlotte started the second half better again and opened a nine-point lead, 81-72 entering the final quarter.
The Hornets improved to 45 wins against 33 losses with four games to go in the regular season but they are still in sixth place in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
The Hornets bounced back from a back-to-back defeat to East’s top teams, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers in their previous two games.
For Charlotte to have a chance to gain a first round homecourt advantage, they are hoping that both the Celtics and Heat lose some more games in their final games of the regular season. The Hornets need to win most of their remaining games which includes match-up against the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Celtics and Orlando Magic.
The game against the Celtics is seen as a crucial match-up with the winner possibly gaining the better playoff seed or even a homecourt advantage in the first round.
The Hornets were missing the services of French forward Nicolas Batum, who is out due to a knee injury. While Jeremy Lin struggled from the field, Charlotte was fortunate to have Kaminsky step up and Walker take over in the Hornets win over the Knicks.
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