The Charlotte Hornets beat the Utah Jazz, but not without a franchise record number of points from one Kemba Walker.
The Charlotte Hornets were still looking to put the breaks on a losing trend when they faced the Utah Jazz last night. It took two overtimes, but the Hornets defeated the Jazz 124-119 on fifty two points from point guard Kemba Walker. It was the most points ever scored by a Hornets player eclipsing the previous total of forty-eight that was done back in the days of Glen Rice.
It seemed almost fitting in a way. Last year the Hornets also had a point guard who cored fifty points in Utah, but that was Mo Williams before the team traded for him. Walker did this actually wearing a Hornets jersey has part of a total personal effort that included eight assists and nine rebounds. He also had to play a long time, seeing something like forty-seven minutes of action.
Walker also received some help from his big men. Marvin Williams scored nineteen, Frank Kaminsky came off the bench for seventeen, and Cody Zeller had fourteen more. That’s pretty good against the kind of interior defense that Jazz post Rudy Gobert offers. The Jazz were missing long power forward Derrick Favors though. That was probably a fair trade since the Hornets were still missing center Al Jefferson.
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Nicolas Batum logged forty-seven minutes despite a poor shooting night. Batum almost achieved a double-double with ten points and nine rebounds. Despite him, the Hornets still scored 51% of their three point shots and that certainly played to their advantage in the final score.
The Hornets are now 19-22 on the year and need to somehow climb up above .500 if they want a true shot at the playoffs. They are 3.5 games out of eighth place with New York, Washington, and Orlando all looking down at them and also all needing help to get in.
Logically the Hornets get the return trip to Oklahoma City next to play the Thunder tomorrow night.