It’s just the preseason, and game number one at that. But Jeremy Lin‘s tenure as a Charlotte Hornets guard already looks (and feels) better than his toxic stay in LA. Visiting division rival Orlando Magic, the Hornets pulled out a rally victory in a close 106-100 contest. Jeremy Lin led all Hornets scorers with 17.
Four Hornets finished in double figures, including starting point guard Kemba Walker, who had 13 points and eight assists. Walker and Jeremy Lamb — this team is rich in talented Jeremy’s — scored a combined 20 points in a 37-point third quarter that robbed Orlando of its first half advantage. Lin added 7 assists to his 17 points. Lin helped seal the deal, punching back a late Orlando comeback attempt with a clutch field goal with 20 seconds left. Lin fans will happily note not only that Lin was successful on the shot, but that he was in the game at crunch time to attempt it. It’s a welcome sign that Lakers coach Byron Scott‘s unproductive reign over Jeremy Lin’s minutes is long past.