Jeremy Lin was playing great against his former team but had to exit with a left hamstring injury on Monday. The Brooklyn Nets won anyway, 120-118 thanks to a Randy Foye game-winner as the time expired against the Charlotte Hornets.
Before Lin got injured, the Asian-American guard showed the Hornets what they lost in the offseason. Lin finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 4 assists and two steals.
Other Nets stepped up with Jeremy Lin out
Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for 26 points off the bench and starters Sean Kilpatrick and Brook Lopez had 23 and 21 points, respectively.
The Nets, which lost Lin to injury in the third quarter, pulled off the win after trailing 98-92 midway through the fourth. The Hornets also attempted their own comeback when they erased a six-point lead with over two minutes to go.
Charlotte got the 118-117 advantage with three seconds to go in the game, but Foye’s wild buzzer-beater allowed the Nets to get their eighth victory of the season.
Watch Randy Foye steals the victory from the Hornets:
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Foye said that he knew he had to help the team when Lin went down in the third. The game-winner was Foye’s lone basket in 21 minutes on the floor.
“We were already playing together in the second quarter, but when he went out, the next man had to step up,” Foye said to ESPN.
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Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 24 points but shot just 7-of-16 from the field. Cody Zeller, who gave the Hornets the late lead, finished with 15 points. Kemba Walker added 15 points and 6 assists.
The Jeremy Lin injury is an unfortunate development for the Nets, which just got back the Asian-American guard earlier in the season. It’s not clear if Lin will miss multiple games again with the latest injury.