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Walker leads Hornets by Wizards 122-105

WASHINGTON (AP) Charlotte found a way to beat the Washington Wizards again.

This time, it was Kemba Walker taking over for the Hornets.

Walker scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Charlotte beat Washington 122-105 on Friday night.

Frank Kaminsky added 23 points as the Hornets (26-33) improved to 3-0 against the Wizards this season. Charlotte jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and matched its season high with 17 3-pointers in its third consecutive win. Marvin Williams had 15 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 14.

Washington returned from the All-Star break with a rousing 110-103 win at Cleveland on Thursday, but could not keep the momentum going despite All-Star Bradley Beal scoring 33 points.

The Hornets are averaging 128 points against the Wizards this season.

''We have to play a certain way to beat these guys because of how good they are and how much talent they have on their team,'' Walker said. ''So we're just really locked in against those guys.''

The loss dropped the Wizards (34-25) into a fourth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference. Washington had won eight of 10, all coming without All-Star John Wall (knee surgery).

''We just didn't have energy, focus, no fight back, no nothing,'' Beal said. ''They flat out whooped us.''

Charlotte scored 28 points off Washington's 14 turnovers.

''We were a little careless for whatever reason,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''We just did not have that edge that we've had for the last couple of weeks.''

Led by Kaminsky, the Hornets' reserves outscored the Wizards' backups 50-26. Kaminsky hit six 3-pointers.

Walker, who scored 31 points in Thursday's 111-96 victory over Brooklyn, had 15 points in the third quarter and five 3s overall.

''The one thing about Kemba - you never have to worry about him because he's going to come alive at some point,'' Williams said. ''He did it last night. He did it again tonight.''

The first two head-to-head meetings took place in Charlotte, including a 133-109 rout on Jan. 17 as the Hornets set a franchise record with 77 first-half points.

Only by comparison did their first half on Friday appear unimpressive. The Hornets made nine 3-pointers on their way to a 67-55 halftime lead even though Walker was scoreless until sinking a free throw following a Beal technical with 57.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Washington closed to 75-69 in the third quarter when one of Beal's three 3-pointers capped a 9-0 run, but the rally fizzled from there. Charlotte entered the fourth quarter up 12 and held its largest lead at 122-100.

TIP-INS

Hornets: The win streak matches their season high set three previous times, most recently Jan. 31-Feb. 4. ... C Dwight Howard received his 12th technical foul this season in the third quarter, matching Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook for second behind Golden State's Draymond Green (14).

Wizards: F Otto Porter had 16 points and F Markieff Morris scored 13 for the Wizards, who have 10 losses against teams with losing records this season. . Beal has scored 30 or more points in 12 games this season.

BACK IN SESSIONS

Ramon Sessions signed a 10-day contract with Washington. The 11-year veteran was waived in January by New York, his eighth NBA team. Sessions played in 110 regular-season games for Washington from 2015-16 along with 10 games during the 2015 playoffs. He provides additional depth at point guard with Wall out another three to five weeks.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Detroit on Sunday.

Wizards: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
B. Beal
3 SG
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
42.7 Field Goal % 46.2
42.7 Three Point % 46.1
85.5 Free Throw % 79.5
+ 3 Jodie Meeks made 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  Team rebound 0:24
  Cody Zeller missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
  Team rebound 0:38
  Kelly Oubre missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
  Traveling violation turnover on Willy Hernangomez 1:03
+ 2 Tim Frazier made layup, assist by Chris McCullough 1:17
  Personal foul on Treveon Graham 1:21
  Defensive rebound by Chris McCullough 1:28
  Dwayne Bacon missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:30
  Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller 1:34
Team Stats
Points 122 105
Field Goals 44-90 (48.9%) 40-81 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 17-39 (43.6%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 16-17 (94.1%)
Total Rebounds 47 44
Offensive 13 6
Defensive 28 30
Team 6 8
Assists 26 25
Steals 7 3
Blocks 5 0
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 19 21
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
33 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Hornets 26-33 36312728122
home team logo Wizards 34-25 26292723105
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 26-33 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 34-25 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
B. Beal SG 22.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.5 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 24 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
B. Beal SG 33 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
48.9 FG% 49.4
43.6 3PT FG% 36.0
85.0 FT% 94.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 32 24 7 2 1 0 1 1 8/17 5/10 3/3 1 6 35 +14
M. Williams 21 15 2 0 0 1 1 0 5/9 4/7 1/3 1 1 17 -2
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 24 14 2 2 1 0 0 0 6/8 0/0 2/2 1 1 21 +4
D. Howard 23 11 6 2 0 2 0 2 5/9 0/0 1/1 1 5 23 +7
N. Batum 27 8 6 8 2 0 2 2 3/8 1/5 1/1 1 5 30 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 32 24 7 2 1 0 1 1 8/17 5/10 3/3 1 6 35 +14
M. Williams 21 15 2 0 0 1 1 0 5/9 4/7 1/3 1 1 17 -2
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 24 14 2 2 1 0 0 0 6/8 0/0 2/2 1 1 21 +4
D. Howard 23 11 6 2 0 2 0 2 5/9 0/0 1/1 1 5 23 +7
N. Batum 27 8 6 8 2 0 2 2 3/8 1/5 1/1 1 5 30 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 24 23 3 4 0 1 0 0 8/15 6/9 1/2 1 2 35 +24
J. Lamb 22 13 5 5 1 0 1 1 4/9 1/5 4/4 1 4 28 +18
M. Carter-Williams 18 9 4 2 1 1 1 5 3/7 0/0 3/3 1 3 18 +9
T. Graham 14 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 1/2 0/1 1/1 0 0 3 +2
C. Zeller 24 2 5 1 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 4 1 9 +10
W. Hernangomez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -5
D. Bacon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 -5
M. Monk 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 122 41 26 7 5 8 19 44/90 17/39 17/20 13 28 219 +85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 39 33 6 6 2 0 4 1 11/21 3/6 8/9 0 6 49 -10
O. Porter 33 16 6 4 0 0 0 3 7/12 2/5 0/0 2 4 30 -7
M. Morris 27 13 6 8 0 0 4 4 6/12 1/3 0/0 0 6 31 -11
T. Satoransky 34 11 2 2 1 0 1 0 4/10 1/3 2/2 1 1 17 -9
M. Gortat 26 6 8 3 0 0 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 6 19 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 39 33 6 6 2 0 4 1 11/21 3/6 8/9 0 6 49 -10
O. Porter 33 16 6 4 0 0 0 3 7/12 2/5 0/0 2 4 30 -7
M. Morris 27 13 6 8 0 0 4 4 6/12 1/3 0/0 0 6 31 -11
T. Satoransky 34 11 2 2 1 0 1 0 4/10 1/3 2/2 1 1 17 -9
M. Gortat 26 6 8 3 0 0 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 6 19 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 30 11 2 1 0 0 0 2 5/11 1/4 0/0 0 2 15 -6
T. Frazier 11 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 3 9 -7
J. Meeks 8 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 1/3 1/3 2/2 0 0 3 -7
I. Mahinmi 9 4 1 0 0 0 1 5 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 1 4 -11
M. Scott 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 0 -13
C. McCullough 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +2
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 105 36 25 3 0 14 21 40/81 9/25 16/17 6 30 180 -85