Jeremy Lin scores 16 but Hornets fall to lowly Nuggets

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

Jeremy Lin had a rare good shooting night but his Charlotte Hornets fell to the Denver Nuggets, 101-93 on Saturday night.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Nuggets, led by D.J. Augustin, who had 24 points off the bench. Darrell Arthur and Gary Harris added 13 points each for Denver, who are most likely out of the playoff race.

Denver led 28-22 after the first quarter and 57-40 after the first half. The Hornets never seriously threatened for a comeback in the second half with starters like Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee struggling from the field.

Walker finished with 15 points but missed 12 of 18 field goals while Lee had 7 points on 3 of 10 shooting. Jeremy Lin was the top scorer off the bench with 16 points making 6 of 10 shots.

The loss is just the Hornets’ second in the last 11 games and they dropped to 39-30 for the season, tied in fifth place with the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings.

Cody Zeller, the starting center for the Hornets, admitted that they are disappointed with the crucial loss.

“Every game this time of year is important, especially against a team like Denver that is out the playoff (race). This is one that we were hoping to win,” Zeller, who had 10 points and 5 blocks, said via ESPN.

This was one of Jeremy Lin’s better games in recent weeks as the 27-year-old Asian-American guard scored in single digits the previous three games before his performance against Denver.

However, Jeremy Lin’s good game came in a blowout loss against a lowly NBA team and it’s not expected that he’ll return to the same form and role earlier in the season when he was one of the top candidate’s for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7

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