Jeremy Lin finally showed his full potential with the Charlotte Hornets leading his team to a comeback win over one of the NBA’s top notch teams, San Antonio Spurs. The Hornets beat the Spurs, 91-88 on Monday night after trailing by 23 points in the first half.
Jeremy Lin had a game-high 29 points on 11 of 18 field goals and added 7 rebounds. The scoring output is the highest for the Asian-American guard since he scored 35 points against the Toronto Raptors last January.
The Spurs led by 28-7 after the first quarter and had their biggest lead at 30-7 near the start of the second quarter.
Jeremy Lin’s explosion came in an important time for the Hornets, who fell to the lowly Denver Nuggets in their previous game. The Spurs beat the No. 1 team in the league, the Golden State Warriors in their previous game.
The Hornets trailed 51-36 at halftime but won the third quarter, 31-21 to cut the lead down to five points before the final quarter. The Hornets outscored 24-16 in the fourth and completed the comeback win.
Courtney Lee and Nicolas Batum added 17 and 15 points, respectively for the Hornets, who improved to 40 wins against 30 losses for the season, sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Spurs were led by Tony Parker’s 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge’s 18 points and dropped to 59 wins against 11 losses, still in second place in the Western Conference.
Jeremy Lin’s role with the team has been in question since the NBA All-Star Break as his minutes and production were inconsistent. With the big game against the top team Spurs, Jeremy Lin’s real value to the Hornets is now realized with the regular season nearing its end.
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