Coming off the high of beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs crapped the bed Monday night, as they blew a commanding lead and fell to Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets 91-88.
Lin scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as he led Charlotte’s furious rally.
The Spurs came into the matchup riding a six-game winning streak.
Per the AP:
While perhaps not quite “Linsanity II,” the 23-point lead was the largest surrendered by the Spurs in the Tim Duncan era, which began in 1997, according to information provided to the Hornets by Elias.
Lin was 11 of 18 from the field and hit all four 3-point attempts, including three in the fourth quarter, and provided the go-ahead jumper with 48 seconds left. […] “He was spectacular,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We couldn’t stop him all night. He had a great night. He was wonderful.”
Charlotte became the first team to score seven points or fewer in the opening quarter and come back to win since the Utah Jazz against the New Jersey Nets on Dec. 12, 2008. […] “We just turned it up,” Lin said. “We just played hard. I’m so thankful to God because I’ve been struggling so much. We lost one the other night we felt like we shouldn’t have lost. So to come out here and get this win is a huge boost for us.”