Jeremy Lin has been outstanding in his utility guy role with the Charlotte Hornets, providing a little bit of everything to keep his team in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff race. But in a night that demands more scoring from him, the Chinese-American star delivered.
Lin recorded one of his best games in Hornets uniform, tallying 26 points and 5 dimes in a 97-84 win over his former team, the New York Knicks, at Time Warner Arena.
Playmaker Kemba Walker was once again stellar with his 26 points, but P.J Hairston (20 points) and Lin backed him up to claim a much-needed win for the Hornets.
Averaging 12.5 points, 3.1 dimes and 3.2 boards per game this season, the 27-yer old Lin hasn’t been offensively explosive as he was during his time in New York, but his versatility on both ends of the floor paved the way for him to be one of integral part of the team.
In a game where most of Hornets big men were struggling, Lin decided to play aggressively on the offensive end, darting end in and out of the shaded lane and finding the open man for easy baskets. His +23 rating is the highest plus-minus rating in the making, validating his impact on the floor.
New York post writer Marc Berman compared Lin’s explosion against the Knicks to snowstorm Jonas, which was ravaging across the New York metropolis this weekend.
“The Knicks got hit by a storm Saturday night — but this one wasn’t called Jonas. You may have heard of it: Linsanity.
An off-his-game Carmelo Anthony sat the fourth quarter with a sore left knee — or a sore ego — but way before that, Hornets guard Jeremy Lin continued to light up the Knicks.”
Reason to be Optimistic
For Lin’s fans eager to see their player lighting it up in offense, the game against the Knicks could be a great development for the former Harvard standout, who set aside scoring for the sake of the team.
However, with Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson still hampered with injuries, head coach Steve Clifford might have no choice to lean on an explosive back-court tandem of Walker and Lin for the next few games.
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