Walker scores 21 points to help Hornets rout Suns 135-115

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 20, 2019 09:04 AM
Walker scores 21 points to help Hornets rout Suns 135-115
Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) drives past Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By Steve Reed, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit three-points and had 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Phoenix Suns 135-115 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for their third straight victory.

Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16-of-34 three-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory en route to its season-high points total.

Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26.

Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 games and fell to 4-19 on the road.

The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10-of-14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting.

Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Suns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.

Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in three-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”

UP NEXT

Suns: At Minnesota on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

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