Kemba Walker scored 30 or more points for the third straight game and the Charlotte Hornets extended their winning streak to three games, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans, 98-94, Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Walker, who had the game-tying shot over Anthony Davis and the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds remaining, finished with 31 points (nine in the fourth quarter), four assists and four rebounds and carried the offense late in the fourth quarter for the Hornets (13-24). Gerald Henderson finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists — one game removed from setting a career-high in assists with eight — and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Marvin Williams sealed the victory when he stole the Pelicans' inbounds pass intended for Ryan Anderson.
The Hornets struggled in the first half and were fortunate to be down by seven at halftime, then used a 31-point explosion in the fourth quarter to pull away late. Charlotte also limited New Orleans (17-18) to just nine points off turnovers throughout the game, something that they had struggled with lately, and limited the Pelicans to just 94 points. They came into the game averaging more than 101 per game.
Anthony Davis had his 10th 30-point game of the season, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead New Orleans. Jrue Holiday also added 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
The Hornets hit the road tomorrow night as they travel north to face off against the Toronto Raptors.