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Walker comes up big in OT, Hornets top Knicks 137-128

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker stuck out his tongue as he grabbed his jersey and pulled it up to his chin, unable to contain his excitement after the last of his impressive plays in a flawless overtime performance.

He could do no wrong.

Walker had 11 points of his 31 points and three assists in OT, and the Charlotte Hornets outlasted the New York Knicks 137-128 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Walker was 4 for 4 from the field in the extra period, including three clutch 3-pointers.

''It's just Kemba being Kemba, and at this point I don't think anybody who watches him can be surprised,'' teammate Marvin Williams said. ''The bigger the game, the bigger the stage the bigger he gets. He's the smallest guy on the floor, but I have said it from Jump Street, he has the biggest heart out there every single night and that is what makes him so great.''

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, and Williams finished with 13 points.

Walker found himself in a game within a game against Trey Burke, who put up a career-high 42 points and collected 12 assists while playing extended minutes.

Both made huge shot after huge shot, but Walker made the biggest plays when it counted the most.

After Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation, Walker hit a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Walker then made a big play on defense.

Looking for the game-winner, Burke waved off a timeout, figuring it would be better to prevent the Hornets from setting up their defense. But Walker tipped the ball away from him at the top of the key to send the game into overtime.

Walker dominated from there, with two assists and two field goals on the team's first four possessions in the extra session.

''Down the stretch, I had to do something,'' Walker said. ''Trey (Burke) was wearing me out. You know he was shooting the basketball awesome tonight, and that was just it. It was a great win.''

The Hornets led by as many as 17 in the second half, but Burke helped the Knicks rally to a tie with 9:07 left. Burke was 16 for 22 from the field after halftime for 35 points.

Burke said it was a bittersweet night because his team didn't get the win.

''I was tough because a guy like (Walker) hits a few and sees the ball going in it's hard to stop them, especially when you have a guy like Dwight coming out and setting screens,'' Burke said. ''I tried to give him different looks, going over and going under. It's tough with a guard as crafty as Kemba and when you have a big 7-footer coming up and setting screens.''

Walker needs 20 points Wednesday night against Cleveland to pass Dell Curry as the franchise's career leading scorer.

Michael Beasley added 27 points for the Knicks, who fell to 9-30 on the road. Enes Kanter had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Frank Ntilikina fouled out with more than 10 minutes remaining in the game. ... New York's reserves were outscored 52-24 by the Hornets' backups.

Hornets: Walker has made 43 consecutive free throws, tying the franchise record held by D.J. Augustin and Curry.

NOT A G-LEAGUE PLAYER

Hardaway said Burke, his former college teammate at Michigan, proved to everyone that he belongs in the NBA.

''He's meant to be here,'' Hardaway said. ''He's supposed to be here. He's not a G-League player, he's not an overseas player, he's an NBA ballplayer and he showed that tonight.''

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Howard logged his 46th double-double of the season. He is tied with Larry Johnson (1991-92) for third-most double-doubles in a single season in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit 76ers on Wednesday.

Hornets: Host Cavaliers on Wednesday.

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Key Players
E. Kanter
00 C
K. Walker
15 PG
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
59.4 Field Goal % 43.4
59.5 Three Point % 43.1
85.1 Free Throw % 86.0
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:12
  Trey Burke missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Personal foul on Trey Burke 0:22
+ 2 Trey Burke made driving layup 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr. 0:29
  Dwight Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
  Personal foul on Michael Beasley 0:53
  Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lamb 0:53
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:55
Team Stats
Points 128 137
Field Goals 54-105 (51.4%) 51-93 (54.8%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 11-28 (39.3%)
Free Throws 11-11 (100.0%) 24-28 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 50
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 30 32
Team 6 7
Assists 25 25
Steals 6 5
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 10 14
Fouls 27 12
Technicals 0 1
42 PTS, 1 REB, 12 AST
31 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Knicks 27-48 2227333511128
home team logo Hornets 34-41 2735253020137
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 27-48 108.9 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.9 APG
home team logo Hornets 34-41 113.8 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.3 APG
Key Players
T. Burke PG 12.0 PPG 2.1 RPG 3.0 APG 42.2 FG%
K. Walker PG 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.3 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Burke PG 42 PTS 1 REB 12 AST
K. Walker PG 31 PTS 2 REB 7 AST
51.4 FG% 54.8
30.0 3PT FG% 39.3
100.0 FT% 85.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Burke 40 42 1 12 1 0 2 1 19/31 3/9 1/1 1 0 66 +2
M. Beasley 34 27 8 1 1 0 3 4 12/22 1/4 2/2 1 7 35 -8
T. Hardaway Jr. 36 17 5 2 1 0 1 2 5/12 2/7 5/5 1 4 26 -4
E. Kanter 32 15 13 2 0 0 0 5 7/13 0/0 1/1 4 9 32 +7
L. Thomas 19 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 7 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Burke 40 42 1 12 1 0 2 1 19/31 3/9 1/1 1 0 66 +2
M. Beasley 34 27 8 1 1 0 3 4 12/22 1/4 2/2 1 7 35 -8
T. Hardaway Jr. 36 17 5 2 1 0 1 2 5/12 2/7 5/5 1 4 26 -4
E. Kanter 32 15 13 2 0 0 0 5 7/13 0/0 1/1 4 9 32 +7
L. Thomas 19 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 7 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Ntilikina 17 12 1 3 1 0 2 6 6/10 0/1 0/0 0 1 18 -13
L. Kornet 26 8 5 0 1 1 1 0 2/6 2/4 2/2 0 5 14 0
C. Lee 31 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 0 3 -9
T. Williams 16 2 2 3 1 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 11 -5
I. Hicks 7 0 3 1 0 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 4 -11
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. O'Quinn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 258 128 41 25 6 1 10 27 54/105 9/30 11/11 11 30 216 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 38 31 2 7 0 0 3 1 11/21 4/12 5/5 0 2 44 +10
D. Howard 35 23 13 1 0 0 6 4 9/15 0/1 5/5 4 9 32 +15
M. Williams 30 13 4 1 1 2 1 1 6/10 0/1 1/1 2 2 21 +8
N. Batum 23 9 3 4 0 1 0 0 3/5 1/1 2/3 0 3 21 -1
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 22 9 3 2 2 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 1/4 1 2 18 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 38 31 2 7 0 0 3 1 11/21 4/12 5/5 0 2 44 +10
D. Howard 35 23 13 1 0 0 6 4 9/15 0/1 5/5 4 9 32 +15
M. Williams 30 13 4 1 1 2 1 1 6/10 0/1 1/1 2 2 21 +8
N. Batum 23 9 3 4 0 1 0 0 3/5 1/1 2/3 0 3 21 -1
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 22 9 3 2 2 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 1/4 1 2 18 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 27 12 6 6 0 0 1 0 3/7 2/4 4/4 0 6 29 +12
W. Hernangomez 17 12 5 1 1 1 0 3 5/7 0/0 2/2 3 2 21 -6
M. Monk 15 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 4/7 3/6 0/0 0 1 14 -3
F. Kaminsky 23 10 4 1 1 0 2 0 3/6 1/2 3/3 1 3 15 +1
D. Bacon 30 7 2 1 0 0 1 1 3/7 0/1 1/1 0 2 10 +11
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 137 43 25 5 4 14 12 51/93 11/28 24/28 11 32 225 +45