The Linsanity level at Madison Square Garden was high on Friday night, but not quite high enough to propel the Knicks to their eighth straight win since point guard Jeremy Lin began his Lincredible run.
The New Orleans Hornets beat the Knicks 89-to-85, holding on to the lead the entire game, and winning their seventh game of the season, the second worst record in the NBA.
The Knicks never recovered from a 14-point hole they dug for themselves after the first quarter on poor shooting and turnovers. Lin and Amare Stoudemire were the game's high scorers with 26 points each, but their two-man offensive show was not enough. Tyson Chandler was the only other Knick to score in double digits, and just barely, with 10 points. The other two starters, Bill Walker and Landry Fields, shot a woeful combined 2 for 13 from the field, and 0 for 7 from the 3-point range.
Jeremy Lin shot 8 for 18 including two 3-pointers, adding 5 assists and 4 steals, but continued to be plagued by turnovers, committing eight in the first half, but only one in the second. His total of nine turnovers tied the most for any NBA player this season.
The Knicks head into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at the Garden.
Jeremy Lin continues to provide the type of spark the Knicks need to win, but his teammates need to hit more of their shots, and needless to say, Jeremy's ball handing is Lin need of improvement.