Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and the Charlotte Hornets outscored the conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers by 18 points in the second half to win 106-97. Lin led five Hornets who contributed double figure scoring. He shot 7-13 from the field and, critically, 8-11 from the line. Lin’s penetration and control in the lane set the stage for Charlotte’s victory.
Lin added eight assists and five rebounds in stepping into the point guard slot for the injured Kemba Walker. He logged 32-plus minutes at his natural position, showing strong productivity. Lin has played much of his time at the 2-guard spot this year in tandem with Walker — this was a rare showcase of his point guard skills for long minutes. Possible suitors are paying attention. Lin’s ability to play both positions well helps him get more playing time, but it may also sometimes obscure his accomplishments at his primary spot — point guard.