Jeremy Lin plays limited but effective minutes against Hawks, Hornets fall on the road

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Jeremy Lin of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7)

Jeremy Lin had 15 points in 21 minutes on Sunday but the Charlotte Hornets fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 87-76.

Lin was the one of the only two players in double-figure scoring for the Hornets, who have lost two of their last three games after a five-game winning streak.

The Hawks have won back-to-back games after losing five of their previous six games to get their 33rd win of the season against 27 losses. The Hornets dropped to 30 wins against 28 losses tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Five players scored in double-figure scoring for the Hawks led by Kent Bazemore, who had 14 points on 6-of-8 field goal shooting. Al Horford posted a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds with 6 assists while Paul Millsap added 13 points.

Jeff Teague had 10 points and 9 assists for the Hawks, who limited the Hornets to 33.3 per cent field goal shooting as a team. Charlotte also made just 7-of-32 shots from the three point area.

Charlotte struggled offensively against the Hawks with Marvin Williams leading the scoring with 16 points but shot 6-of-18 field goals. Kemba Walker played 42 minutes but scored only 9 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

Courtney Lee, who was acquired by the Hornets near the trade deadline, had 9 points in 22 minutes.

Lin’s off the bench scoring was the lone bright spot for the Hornets, which started the game trailing 25-9 after the first quarter.

Even with an efficient shooting, it appears Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is still not trusting Lin with major minutes preferring give Walker more playing time at the point guard position.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7

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