Walker scores 29, leads Hornets to 113-102 win over Hawks
CHARLOTTE, N.C — Kemba Walker had 29 points and seven assists, extending his strong start to the season as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-102 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Marvin Williams added 20 points for the Hornets (6-5), who won for the third time on a four-game homestand. Walker has scored 25 or more seven times in 11 games.
Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk each had 13 points for Charlotte. Nic Batum scored 10.
Playing against his former team, Jeremy Lin had 19 points off the bench to lead the Hawks (3-7), who led by seven late in the first half.
The young Hawks started 2018 firstround draft picks Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman for the first time this season and pushed Charlotte before losing for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.
Young finished with 18 points and 10 assists. Kent Bazemore added 16 points.
Even after falling behind 81-77 entering the fourth quarter, the Hawks forged an 8483 advantage with 10:04 to play before the Hornets went on a 19-4 surge to give them a comfortable lead down the stretch.
Charlotte eventually led by as many as 15.
Neither team led by more than seven until the fourth quarter. Atlanta was up 54-51 at halftime.
STRONG START. Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) tries to get around Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Charlotte, N.C.