WALKER’S 40 HELP HOR­NETS DE­FEAT MAGIC IN THRILLER

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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.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

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