Jeremy Lin delivered another excellent all-around performance for a second straight game, recording 20 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds to backstop the Charlotte Hornets past the Sacramento Kings in double overtime 129-128 in Arco Arena.
After dropping 26 points and 5 dimes on the New York Knicks two days ago, Lin flirted with a triple double on the road. Lin logged in a game-high 50 minutes, and shot 8-for-19 from the field (2-for-4 from the three-point line).
The Hornets backcourt once again took the charge offensively with Kemba Walker recording 26 points and 8 assists and Troy Daniels playing perhaps the best game of his NBA career as he exploded for 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field (8-for-11 from the three-point land).
Charlotte trailed Sacramento by two 128-126 after a dunk by rookie Willie Caulie-Stein with 11 ticks left in the clock. However, Daniels played the hero’s role this time around, knocking down the go ahead basket to put them in front by one.
“The play was for me. I was just thinking, go for the win. I knew the guys were tired,” Daniels said of winning basket on ESPN. “I think we only had like seven guys (after three fouled out). We didn’t have any bigs, so I just trusted myself and shot the ball.”
The Hornets claimed their straight victory and more important move one win below .500 (22-23) to keep them in the mix in Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Kings, who was led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 56 points and 12 rebounds, fell to 20-24 in the season. Sacramento led the Hornets 31-16 at the end of the first quarter but let the visiting team dominate them in the next two quarters.
“It was a tough loss. I was just sitting here (in the locker room) thinking how a lot of the plays early on could have changed the game,” Cousins told reporters via ESPN. “But I think through all of the mistakes, we all left it on the floor. You hate to lose games like this.”
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