Kemba Walker scores 30 points, Hornets rout Bulls 135-106
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2018 09:53 AM
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) goes to the basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of a NBA basketball game. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 30 points on five more 3-pointers, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Chicago Bulls 135-106 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for their first home victory of the season.
Walker, who came in averaging 31 points, bounced back from a season-low 23-point outing against the Bulls, shooting 11-of-18 from the field. He also had seven assists and six rebounds. The two-time All-Star has four games with at least five three-pointers and his 29 three's are second only to Golden State's Stephen Curry.
Tony Parker added 18 points and eight assists, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and high-flying rookie Miles Bridges each had 15 points as the Hornets avenged a two-point loss in Chicago on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Zach LaVine had 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting for the Bulls.
After missing their first 11 three-pointers of the game, the Hornets went on a tear, making the final 14-of-22 shots from beyond the arc.
The Hornets outscored the Bulls 45-29 in the second quarter to build a 68-54 halftime lead. They stretched the lead to 28 in the third quarter, and Walker spent the fourth quarter cheering on his teammates from the bench. He only played 26 minutes.
Bulls: Kris Dunn (knee), Lauri Markkanen (elbow), Denzel Valentine (ankle) and Bobby Portis missed the game with injuries. ... Were outrebounded 50-34.
Hornets: Walker was honored with a game ball before tipoff after becoming the first Hornets player to score 10,000 points. He accomplished the feat Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) at Miami during a four-game trip. ... Shot 57 percent from the field. ... Four of next five games are at home.
Bulls: At Atlanta on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Hornets: At Philadelphia on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).