Jeremy Lin scored 7 of his 14 points in OT to help the Charlotte Hornets to a comeback win over the Sacramento Kings 127-122. The critical play of the game came on a great play by Kemba Walker, who tipped in an offensive rebound with 5.9 seconds remaining in OT. Walker’s tip-in came off a missed layup by Lin. But Lin getting into the paint created the opportunity and the miss in close played out like an assist because of Walker’s execution and instinct. Walker was huge in the fourth quarter, shooting 9 of 10 including three 3-pointers. His 39 points led all scorers. Nicolas Batum had 18 points, 10 boards, and eight assists. The Hornets have won four of their last five.
Lin again played 30-plus minutes. After starting out getting fewer minutes than he got in LA, Lin has been getting more time in coach Steve Clifford’s rotation during Charlotte’s surge — and he’s been contributing on every category even when his shot hasn’t been falling. Lin was a +18 for the Hornets against Sacramento, the second most best +/- for a Hornet not named Frank Kaminsky (+23).