Led by another strong game from Kemba Walker and 41 points from their bench, the Charlotte Hornets took down the Utah Jazz, 104-98, Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. The victory extends the team's franchise-record start to 6-1 and ties them with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Walker put forth another impressive outing, scoring 24 points, dishing out six assists, grabbing five rebounds and tallying four steals. It was his sixth straight game with 20-or-more points, the second-longest streak of his career. The Hornets' bench also came up huge, with 41 points - 37 of which came from Marco Belinelli, Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes. This was also Hawes' second consecutive game with double-digit points off the bench. The victory was also the team's fourth win this season where they trailed by 10-or-more points, the most in the NBA.
The Jazz were led by Gordan Haywood, who put up 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Rodney Hood added 20 points, while Derrick Favors had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz, who shot 54.5 percent in the first half, were limited to just 36.8 percent shooting after halftime, as the long 2-pointers the team feasted upon in the first half did not fall, which allowed the Hornets to take advantage and claw back into the game and, eventually, their sixth victory in their first seven games this season.
Charlotte looks like it will be getting reinforcements on the way before Friday's showdown with the Toronto Raptors, as Roy Hibbert could be returning for the game. For now, all is right in Buzz City.