Jeremy Lin led the Charlotte Hornets in scoring in a strong win over Eastern Conference rival Boston 114-100. Lin scored 25, but it was the way he did it that means the most to a playoff-bound and surging Hornets franchise. Lin shot 10-of-10 from the free throw line, in addition to going 7-of-14 from the field. Lin shot 50% despite missing 5 of 6 three point attempts. The free throws and the mid-range scoring is a much more important facet of Lin’s game than 3-pointers to a Charlotte team with playoff aspirations. If he adds the 3-ball to the potion the Hornets look like conference contenders with their variety of options.
Lin is among the best penetrating guards in the NBA — and he’s a top 10-level player at drawing contact in the paint. A strong guard with a sure handle, Lin thrives on contact and drawing attention near the basket for kickouts. Lin played nearly 40 minutes — the most of any Hornet — against the Celtics and his stat line was impressive in every category. Lin had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and just 1 turnover to match his 25 points. Nine players scored for the Hornets.