Monday night game round-up: 'Linsanity' returns as Hornets upset Spurs

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The Charlotte Hornets overcame a 30-7 deficit early in the second quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-88 on Monday night.

The comeback was spearheaded by Jeremy Lin who finished the game with 29 points and was four-of-four from three-point range.

For the Spurs, for whom surrendering a 23 point lead had never happened in the Tin Duncan era, Tony Parker top-scored with 19 points. LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Tim Duncan (16 points, 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.

The highlights of the upset win for Charlotte can be seen below:

Warriors 109, Timberwolves 104

The Golden State Warriors survived a spirited effort from the Minnesota Timberwolves to win 109-104 on the road.

Draymond Green (24 points, nine rebounds, six assists) led the way for GSW, who trailed 89-81 in the third quarter. 

Klay Thompson added 17 points and was five-of-five from beyond the arc but it was another poor shooting night for Stephen Curry whose 19 points came off six-of-17 shooting.

Four Timberwolves players finished with 19 points or more, including Karl Anthony-Towns (24 points) and Anthony Wiggins (25 points).

Nuggets 91, Cavaliers 124

LeBron James produced a triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the Central Division courtesy of a 124-91 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

James finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while J.R. Smith and Channing Frye adding 15 and 14 points apiece.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, ended a five-game road trip with their fourth defeat. Will Barton's 27 points were a team high as none of his teammates scored more than 11.

Kings 102, Bulls 109

The Chicago Bulls overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to secure a 109-102 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Five Bulls players scored in double figures with Derrick Rose (18 points, nine-of-15 field goals) and Taj Gibson (18 points, 7-13 FGA) leading the way. Pau Gasol added a 14 point, 14 rebound double-double.

For Sacramento, a 19 point, 18 rebound night for DeMarcus Cousins wasn't enough to prevent the franchise from slipping to 27-43 for the season.

Wizards 117, Hawks 102

The Washington Wizards kept their playoff hopes alive with an emphatic 117-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Wizards' backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal were again on top form, finishing with 27 and 25 points respectively. Wall also dished out 14 assists as Washington won their fifth straight game to return to .500 for the season.

Jeff Teague top-scored for Atlanta who were out-rebounded 44-33 and turned the ball over 14 times.

Bucks 91, Pistons 92

Despite trailing by as much as 17 points on the night, the Detroit Pistons left The Palace with a 92-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

An Andre Drummond tip-in with two seconds to go proved the crucial score as the Pistons maintained their push for a playoff spot. 

Khris Middleton had a game-high 27 points for the Bucks but, despite never trailing by more than three, Milwaukee suffered their 41st defeat of the season.

Magic 96, Celtics 107

A strong finish saw the Boston Celtics outlast the Orlando Magic 107-96 in the TD Garden.

Isaiah Thomas was the catalyst for the win, finishing with 28 points and seven assists. Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley both contributed 22 points as Boston handed Orlando their fourth-straight loss.

The Magic, thanks largely to 25 points and eight rebounds from Victor Oladipo, had cut the lead to four points late on but have now lost eight of their last 10.

76ers 75, Pacers 91

The Indiana Pacers maintained their playoff hopes with a comfortable 91-75 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Never trailing, Indiana's win over the NBA's worst team snapped a two-game losing streak. Paul George (15 points) and Monta Ellis (13 points) led the way as all five Pacers starters scored over 10 points.

Hollis Thompson and Isaiah Canaan each finished with 15 points for the 76ers who remain on nine wins for the season.

Grizzlies 103, Suns 97

The Memphis Grizzlies held the Phoenix Suns scoreless for the last 2:12 to secure a 103-97 win.

Lance Stephenson scored a team-high 16 points for Memphis while Jordan Farmer, signed to a 10-day deal on Monday, scored 12 - nine in the fourth quarter.

For Phoenix, five players scored in double digits including a game-high 18 points from Devin Booker. Jon Leuer added a 13 point, 13 rebound double-double.

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Orlando Magic
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