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Kemba Walker had 26 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 16 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-87 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
Kemba lighting up the United Center
In a 123-120 loss to the Bulls on Friday, Hornets guard Kemba Walker finished with 47 points on 63 percent shooting. He scored 34 when visiting Chicago in January of last season, giving him 81 points in the past two trips to the United Center. Walker is the fourth player to score 80-plus points in two straight road games against the Bulls, joining Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry Stackhouse. (Elias)
Hornets are due at crunch time
Charlotte lost 123-120 on Friday night in Chicago but will try to change its luck in close games on Saturday night, when the Clippers visit Spectrum Center. The Hornets will also try to snap an overall six-game losing streak.
Justin Holiday had 27 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the skidding Charlotte Hornets 123-120 on Friday night, overcoming a 47-point outburst by Kemba Walker to snap their five-game losing streak.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Kemba Walker is absolutely torching the Bulls. He has 35 points through three quarters — getting pretty much whatever shot he wants. Walker is playing an efficient game: 13-for-20 from the field, five rebounds and four assists.
LeBron continues to haunt Hornets
LeBron James has played 46 games against the Hornets, and his team has won 40 of them, including Wednesday's comeback victory. His .870 winning percentage versus Charlotte is the highest for any active player against any team (min. 40 games). The all-time record belongs to Magic Johnson against the Kings (50-4, .926), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
LeBron James scored 31 points, Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their dominance against the Charlotte Hornets with a 115-107 victory Wednesday night.
Ben Alamar ESPN Stats & Info
Kemba Walker is creating the highest quality shots in the league when passing out of the paint to shooters with a quantified Shot Quality of 57.6%. qSQ (developed by Second Spectrum) measures the eFG% of shots for an average shooter based on shot type, defensive pressure, and shot location. His teammates have also hit those shots with a league leading quantified Shooter Impact of 34.9%. This means that Kemba driving into the paint and passing out to shooters has be extremely efficient for the Hornets.
LeBron has Kemba's number like few others
LeBron James is 19-0 in his career against Kemba Walker, the most wins without a loss by an active player named an All-Star in his career against another. It's also tied for the second-best win streak by one active player against another. (Elias Sports Bureau)
A breakdown of the All-Star point guard's debut masked games -- as a Cav, and as a Celtic
Nicolas Batum, who has been sidelined since suffering a torn ligament in his left elbow on Oct. 4, will make his season debut for the Hornets on Wednesday.
As long as Jeremy Lamb continues to play hard-nosed defense, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford might not reduce his minutes as a backup.
Jayson Tatum had 16 points, Shane Larkin added 16 off the bench and the Boston Celtics overcame an injury to Kyrie Irving and a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 90-87 on Friday night.
Points Per Game104.916th
Rebounds Per Game47.05th
Assists Per Game19.628th