Kemba Walker scored 11 straight points during the fourth quarter and Jeremy Lin shot 60% from the field in an 89-86 win over Miami in Charlotte. The series is even at two games each. Walker finished with 35 points and Lin with 21, the duo accounting for 63 percent of the Hornets scoring. It was a tough, ragged, physical game with neither team shooting above 40%. Walker shot 13-of-28 for his 35. The Hornets grinded out the win — as a team they recorded a mere ten assists.
Lin was a model of efficiency, shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, taking advantage of his ability to penetrate and draw contact. Lin played 33 minutes, fourth most among Hornets, who were missing Nicolas Batum due to injury. Team owner Michael Jordan sat in his customary playoff spot at the far end of the Hornets bench, encouraging the grit displayed by Steve Clifford’s surprisingly versatile team. Joe Johnson led Miami with 16. Game 5 is in Miami on Wednesday at 8pm (TNT).