Hornets stage huge comeback, stun Spurs

Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:54pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - It was another episode of Linsanity, and this time it was more surreal than ever.

Jeremy Lin rescued the Charlotte Hornets on a night when they started miserably, and the Hornets rallied from a 23-point deficit to stun the San Antonio Spurs 91-88 Monday night.

Lin scored 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers, and he came up biggest with the game on the line. His fallaway jumper with 48.4 seconds remaining gave the Hornets the lead for good at 89-88, and then he tacked on two free throws with 18.3 left to push the lead to three.

"He's a very committed player," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "He comes in and he works so hard. You're going to get his best effort every night. He obviously came in and picked our energy up tonight, in both halves. He was the catalyst."

The Hornets (40-30) bounced back from a bitter home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night and won for the 10th time in their past 12 games.

"We just turned it up," Lin said. "I can't even think, man. We just played hard. I'm just thankful to God. I've been struggling so much and we lost one the other night that we felt we shouldn't have lost, so to come out here and get this win is a huge boost for us. Now we have to come out and take care of business (Tuesday at Brooklyn)."

The Monday game was all San Antonio in the early going, as the Spurs showed no letdown after their big win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

The Spurs led 28-7 after one quarter, limiting the Hornets to 14.3 percent shooting from the field, 3-for-21.

Lin scored 12 points in the second quarter as the Hornets chipped away at the deficit to trail 51-36 at halftime. The Hornets then closed within 72-67 after three quarters, and then they got their first lead at 75-74 on Lin's 3-pointer with 9:10 remaining.   Continued...

San Antonio Spurs forward center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) looks to shoot as he is defended by Charlotte Hornets forward center Frank Kaminsky (44) during the second half of the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Hornets win 91-88. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports