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Kemba Walker scores 29, hits big 3-pointers in Hornets win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker likes the Charlotte Hornets' chances with Dwight Howard altering shots in the lane.

Walker scored 29 points and made two key 3-pointers down the stretch that helped Charlotte beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-110 on Friday night.

Howard was key in turning back the Hawks' rally. He finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks.

''(Dwight) just has to do it,'' Walker said. ''We just have to do it. He always tells us when guys are going to the basket he's going to try and block it. That is what he is there for.''

Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each added 19 points as Charlotte rallied to regain a lead it maintained since the second period, but surrendered halfway through the fourth.

Howard has two games of at least six blocks in his past three.

''It's very important that we all do the little things, getting deflections,'' said Howard, who registered his 29th double-double this season. ''Everybody's stepping in, taking away somebody rolling to the basket, and then running out and making sure guys don't get open 3s.''

Jeremy Lamb scored 12 points for Charlotte, which tied its season high with 13 steals.

Marvin Williams finished with 11 points for the Hornets, who closed with a 12-0 run for their fourth consecutive home victory against Atlanta.

''Giving up 121 points, it's going to be tough to win,'' said Kent Bazemore, who led Atlanta with 26 points. ''Kemba made some great plays down the stretch. With Nic Batum, those guys are seasoned vets, and they work well together.''

Taurean Prince added 21 for Atlanta, including a steal and dunk to put the Hawks ahead 105-104 with less than 4 minutes to play.

Mike Muscala helped Atlanta take a fourth-quarter lead with 14 points, but the Hawks fell to 0-2 in the season series. Ersan Ilyasova and Dennis Schroder scored 11 points apiece for Atlanta.

John Collins shot 4 for 5 for 10 points for the Hawks, who have the NBA's worst record.

''It (stinks) for us to be down at half and work our way back, to have (Bazemore) do what he does, then have it all go down the drain,'' Collins said. ''Always tough to see that happen. It has been the Achilles' heel of our story.''

With 4:34 left until halftime, Walker went hard to the court after slipping on a drive to the basket and appearing to hit his head on Collins' knee. He did not leave the game.

TIP-INS

Hawks: The Hawks have lost six of seven. ... Collins attended a game at his alma mater, Wake Forest, against Duke, on the trip. He got a video tribute and warm reception at the game.

Hornets: All five starters scored in double digits. . Charlotte wore its black Buzz City uniforms.

DWIGHT'S SLIGHT

Howard made a few headlines with a quote Friday that he wanted to ''kill'' the Hawks. Atlanta traded Howard to Charlotte in the offseason.

''I think they kind of took it and ran with it,'' Howard said. ''I was just talking to a couple of the UFC fighters before I did the interview and I was talking about fighting and stuff like that. . Killing them is not always scoring a million points, but doing all the little things that matter.''

MORE FROM BAZEMORE

With his parents in attendance on his father's birthday, Bazemore missed his career high by two points. He said he had extra motivation from their presence, despite the team's status at the bottom of the NBA.

''We give the effort every night regardless of our record,'' Bazemore said. ''That's a great foundation to becoming one of those playoff teams.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: Visit Washington on Saturday night.

Hornets: Visit Miami on Saturday night.

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Key Players
D. Schroder
17 PG
K. Walker
15 PG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
21.7 Pts. Per Game 21.7
5.9 Ast. Per Game 5.9
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
43.8 Field Goal % 42.0
43.9 Three Point % 42.0
88.3 Free Throw % 85.0
  Defensive rebound by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0:02
  Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 2 Dwight Howard made layup 0:13
  Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:13
  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed jump shot 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:34
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:52
  Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:55
+ 3 Marvin Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nicolas Batum 1:03
  Out of bounds turnover on Kent Bazemore 1:15
Team Stats
Points 110 121
Field Goals 37-79 (46.8%) 40-88 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 15-30 (50.0%) 13-34 (38.2%)
Free Throws 21-25 (84.0%) 28-32 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 47 51
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 33 32
Team 8 8
Assists 23 25
Steals 6 13
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 20 11
Fouls 26 25
Technicals 0 1
26 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 15 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Hawks 14-34 26263424110
home team logo Hornets 20-27 30312931121
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 14-34 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 20-27 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Bazemore SG 12.9 PPG 3.8 RPG 3.5 APG 42.0 FG%
K. Walker PG 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Bazemore SG 26 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
K. Walker PG 29 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
46.8 FG% 45.5
50.0 3PT FG% 38.2
84.0 FT% 87.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 31 26 2 4 1 2 4 2 9/16 4/8 4/5 1 1 35 -16
T. Waller-Prince 31 21 4 1 1 0 3 4 6/13 3/5 6/7 0 4 25 -16
D. Schroder 21 11 2 1 0 0 3 5 5/14 1/3 0/0 0 2 12 -20
E. Ilyasova 28 11 1 4 2 0 0 1 3/5 0/1 5/5 0 1 22 -19
M. Plumlee 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 6 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 31 26 2 4 1 2 4 2 9/16 4/8 4/5 1 1 35 -16
T. Waller-Prince 31 21 4 1 1 0 3 4 6/13 3/5 6/7 0 4 25 -16
D. Schroder 21 11 2 1 0 0 3 5 5/14 1/3 0/0 0 2 12 -20
E. Ilyasova 28 11 1 4 2 0 0 1 3/5 0/1 5/5 0 1 22 -19
M. Plumlee 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 6 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Muscala 13 14 3 2 0 1 2 5 4/6 2/3 4/5 0 3 20 0
J. Collins 21 10 9 0 1 1 1 3 4/5 2/2 0/0 4 5 20 +7
M. Belinelli 22 6 3 2 1 0 1 0 2/9 1/3 1/1 0 3 13 -1
M. Delaney 26 3 2 6 0 0 3 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 2 14 +9
T. Dorsey 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 3 6 +6
D. Dedmon 20 1 9 3 0 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 1/2 1 8 13 -2
L. Babbitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 39 23 6 5 20 26 37/79 15/30 21/25 6 33 186 -55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 35 29 4 4 3 0 4 1 10/22 5/10 4/4 2 2 40 +28
N. Batum 28 19 4 8 1 0 2 4 6/10 3/7 4/4 0 4 38 +14
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 29 19 5 2 2 0 0 2 8/14 0/0 3/3 2 3 30 +22
D. Howard 34 18 15 3 1 7 4 5 4/7 0/0 10/14 5 10 43 +15
M. Williams 24 11 7 3 1 0 0 2 4/6 3/5 0/0 1 6 25 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 35 29 4 4 3 0 4 1 10/22 5/10 4/4 2 2 40 +28
N. Batum 28 19 4 8 1 0 2 4 6/10 3/7 4/4 0 4 38 +14
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 29 19 5 2 2 0 0 2 8/14 0/0 3/3 2 3 30 +22
D. Howard 34 18 15 3 1 7 4 5 4/7 0/0 10/14 5 10 43 +15
M. Williams 24 11 7 3 1 0 0 2 4/6 3/5 0/0 1 6 25 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 22 12 1 2 0 0 0 4 3/11 0/2 6/6 0 1 17 -4
J. O'Bryant 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 2/3 1/2 1/1 0 0 6 +1
M. Carter-Williams 16 4 2 2 2 1 0 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 1 13 -13
F. Kaminsky 26 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 1/8 1/6 0/0 0 3 9 -9
T. Graham 11 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 3 -14
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 43 25 13 8 11 25 40/88 13/34 28/32 11 32 224 +55