BOSTON (AP) Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his 25 points in Charlotte’s big second quarter, carrying the Hornets to a 114-100 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
As with many of his visits to Boston, Lin had a number of Asian-American fans holding signs and cheering his play. The 27-year-old guard starred at Harvard. Four years ago when he sparked the New York Knicks, Lin’s rise was called “Linsanity.”
His big game came a night after he scored one point in a loss to Washington.
The Hornets trailed by four points after the first quarter, but took charge with a 31-3 run over the final nine minutes of the second. Lin paced the spree with a 3-pointer and scored 11 straight points over a 1:41 span.
Boston committed six turnovers in the quarter and shot just 13.6 percent (3 of 22) while Charlotte made 57.9 percent of its shots (11 of 19).
The Hornets led 94-72 after three.
The Celtics made a brief run in the fourth, but never got their deficit into single digits.
Hornets: Jefferson made his first start since Nov. 29 because Cody Zeller was out with a bruised sternum. Zeller had started the past 57 games.
Celtics: F Jae Crowder was sick Saturday, but coach Brad Stevens said he was feeling better. … Bradley picked up four fouls in just 13 minutes in the opening half. Kelly Olynyk had three in only 10 minutes.
The Celtics gave out T-shirts to fans with green letters that read “Asian American Night.” The national anthem was performed by a group of Asian Americans and there was a halftime performance as well.
The Celtics matched their worst quarter of the season by scoring 13 points in the second.
Hornets: Host Orlando on Wednesday.
Celtics: Host Miami on Wednesday.