WALKER’S 40 HELP HORNETS DEFEAT MAGIC IN THRILLER
orlando, fla.» Kemba Walker had 40 points and nine assists, and Spencer Hawes made a goahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in overtime to rally the Hornets to a 120-116 victory over the Magic on Friday night.
Victor Oladipo scored 29 points for the Magic, which has lost five straight and nine of 10. Tobias Harris added 22 points, and Nik Vucevic had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Oladipo hit a tying 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left.
Walker scored 13 points in the fourth-quarter rally, including Charlotte’s final six points of regulation, then opened the overtime scoring with a layup. Brian Roberts scored all of his 11 points during the Hornets’ comeback.
Newly elected all-star Kyle Lowry kissed a fan on the forehead after accidentally falling on her, then gave the Raptors a boost in a 101-81 victory over the Heat. Lowry was trying to save a loose ball early in the first quarter and toppled out of bounds. He landed on top of the woman, who was sitting in the first row and didn’t appear to be hurt. Lowry then gave her a kiss, and she smiled as he returned to the court. He finished with 15 points and six assists as Toronto won its season-high seventh in a row. … Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and the Celtics held off a furious rally in the fourth quarter to beat the Bulls 110-101. Avery Bradley added 21 points, and Jared Sullinger finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Celtics ended a two-game losing skid. The victory gave Boston a 2-1 win in the season series with the Bulls. … Gordon Hayward had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds and Rodney Hood scored 16 points as the Jazz cruised past the Nets 108-86. Trevor Booker added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz. … DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting, Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and the Clippers routed the Knicks 116-88. The L.A. duo hooked up on a few alley-oop plays during the game; Jordan didn’t have to work hard to improve his NBA-leading season field-goal shooting to 72.1 percent. … Kevin Durant had 24 points and Russell Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Thunder held on for a 109-106 victory over the Mavericks.