Walker leads Hornets by Wizards 122-105

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 24, 2018 11:24 AM
Walker leads Hornets by Wizards 122-105
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, front, chases the ball ahead of Washington Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky, back, of the Czech Republic, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Benjamin Standig, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 122-105 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Frank Kaminsky added 23 points as the Hornets (26-33) improved to 3-0 against the Wizards this season. Charlotte jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and matched its season-high with 17 three-pointers in its third consecutive win. Marvin Williams scored 15 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14.

Washington returned from the All-Star break with a rousing 110-103 win at Cleveland on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), but could not keep the momentum going despite All-Star Bradley Beal scoring 33 points.

The loss dropped the Wizards (34-25) into a fourth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference.

Charlotte scored 28 points off Washington’s 14 turnovers. Led by Kaminsky, the Hornets’ reserves outscored the Wizards’ backups 50-26.

The first two head-to-head meetings took place in Charlotte, including a 133-109 rout on Jan. 17 (Jan. 19, PHL time) as the Hornets set a franchise record with 77 first-half points.

Only by comparison did their first half on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) appear unimpressive. The Hornets made nine three-pointers on their way to a 67-55 halftime lead even though Walker was scoreless until sinking a free throw following a Beal technical with 57.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Washington closed to 75-69 in the third quarter when one of Beal’s three three-pointers capped a 9-0 run, but the rally fizzled from there. Charlotte entered the fourth quarter up 12 and held its largest lead at 122-100.

Otto Porter had 16 points and Markieff Morris scored 13 for the Wizards, who have 10 losses against teams with losing records this season.


Hornets: The win streak matches their season-high set three previous times, most recently Jan. 31-Feb. 4 (Feb. 1-5, PHL time). Charlotte defeated Brooklyn 111-96 on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). ... C Dwight Howard received his 12th technical foul this season in the third quarter, matching Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook for second behind Golden State’s Draymond Green (14).

Wizards: G Ramon Sessions signed a 10-day contract. The 11-year veteran was waived in January by New York, his eighth NBA team. Sessions played in 110 regular season games for Washington from 2015-16 along with 10 games during the 2015 playoffs. He provides additional point guard depth with John Wall (knee surgery) out another three to five weeks.


Hornets: Host Detroit on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Wizards: Host Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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