Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker powered the Charlotte Hornets to a close 89-85 win over the Miami Heat on Monday to tie their best-of-seven series in the 2016 NBA Playoffs at two games each.
The Hornets’ backcourt combined for 55 points as the Hornets held off a late Heat rally in the second half and held on to the crucial win as the series shifts back to Miami for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Jeremy Lin, who finished with 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, made his best impression of Michael Jordan’s “shrug” in the postseason after hitting a three-pointer with a bank shot:
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Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes and added 3 assists and 2 steals but it was Walker who was the game scoring leader with 34 points from 13-of-28 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Courtney Lee was the other Hornet in double figures with 11 points as Charlotte played good defense at crunchtime to hold off a surging Heat squad hoping for a road upset.
Miami led 26-19 after the first quarter but Charlotte owned the second quarter outscoring their opponents 29-13 in the second. The Heat were led by Joe Johnson’s 16 points and Luol Deng’s 15 points but they struggled shooting (39.5%) as a team.
Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker will try to win their third straight in this series in Game 5 in Miami, where they were blown out in the first two games of the series.