Jeremy Lin finished with 24 points on Wednesday night to help the Charlotte Hornets notch the 106-97 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers led by superstar LeBron James.
The Hornets’ win snapped a five-game winning streak by the Cavaliers as Charlotte turned a 58-49 deficit at halftime to a 82-75 advantage entering the final quarter. Led by Lin, the Hornets outscored the Cavs, 33-17 in the third quarter.
Lin, who scored 8 of his 24 points in the Hornets’ third quarter rally, had major help from other Hornets including Marvin Williams, who finished with 16 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting and Nicolas Batum, who had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was playing in just his third game of the season, posted a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Off the bench, Frank Kaminsky had 15 points and 6 rebounds while Brian Roberts and Jeremy Lamb combined for 15 points.
The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James, who had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 5 assists and appeared headed for their sixth straight victory. However, poor play after the halftime break doomed their chances as they allowed 57 points to the Hornets and scored only 39 points in the second half.
Kevin Love had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds but missed 8-of-12 shots from the field. J.R. Smith added 14 points with four 3-pointers.
Charlotte has won back-to-back games and has won five of their last seven games. Lin and the Hornets will face the Miami Heat on Friday. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will try to bounce back when they host the Boston Celtics in their next game.
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