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Walker scores 29, leads Hornets to 113-102 win over Hawks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A fourth-quarter surge helped Charlotte complete a successful homestand. Still, coach James Borrego and All-Star guard Kemba Walker know the Hornets need to play better if they want to improve on their 6-5 start.

Walker had 29 points and seven assists as Charlotte beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-102 on Tuesday night. Marvin Williams added 20 points for the Hornets, who finished a 3-1 homestand.

''I give Atlanta a lot of credit,'' Borrego said. ''They really guarded us tonight. They're very active with their shifts. We were real stagnant and we didn't have a great rhythm offensively until the fourth quarter.''

That's when Walker and Williams spurred a 19-4 spurt that allowed the Hornets to pull away from the Hawks (3-7).

''A win is a win,'' Walker said. ''We were a little sloppy early on. But we adjusted and made plays down the stretch and came out with a win.''

Walker was critical of his five turnovers on a night when Charlotte committed 21 overall.

''They're pretty good defensively,'' Walker said. ''They're active and they disrupted us early. We have to do a better job of adjusting, especially me.''

Walker and Williams scored 12 points apiece in the second half as Charlotte erased a 54-51 halftime deficit. Walker has scored 25 or more seven times in 11 games.

Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk each had 13 points for the Hornets. Nic Batum scored 10.

Playing against his former team, Jeremy Lin had 19 points off the bench to pace the Hawks, who led by seven late in the first half.

Atlanta started 2018 first-round draft picks Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman for the first time and pushed Charlotte before losing for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.

Young finished with 18 points and 10 assists. Kent Bazemore added 16 points.

Even after falling behind 81-77 entering the fourth quarter, the Hawks forged an 84-83 advantage with 10:04 to play before the Hornets took over down the stretch. Charlotte eventually led by as many as 15.

''Coming out of halftime, we just couldn't buy a basket,'' Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. ''We had a couple of opportunities where I thought we could have got a bigger lead and extended. We had that opportunity. We just never created any separation. I thought that was the difference in the game.''

Neither team led by more than seven until the fourth quarter.

Even though he scored 18 points, Young was disappointed with his shooting.

''I can't go 0 for 7 from the 3-point line and expect to call that playing well,'' said Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft out of Oklahoma. ''My teammates did a great job of playing hard and making plays. But we just couldn't hit enough shots in the second half.''

TIP-INS

Hawks: Pierce considers Walker one of the NBA's top players. ''I'm a huge fan of Kemba. I've known Kemba for a long time. You're seeing a confident and elite scorer,'' Pierce said. He first met Walker at Nike Elite camps years ago, and in August 2017 was a part of the NBA Africa trip with the Hornets' two-time All-Star guard.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocated his right pinkie in the first half but returned to play in the second. ... Borrego thinks the 20-year-old Young can thrive as a pro. ''He fits today's NBA for sure. The minute he crosses halfcourt, he's a threat. He's a guy that can play-make, get to the rim, pass, finish, shoot the ball. The Hawks have a very good point guard for years to come,'' Borrego said.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Hornets: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

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Key Players
T. Young
11 PG
K. Walker
15 PG
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
28.0 Pts. Per Game 28.0
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
43.6 Field Goal % 47.1
41.7 Three Point % 46.0
76.6 Free Throw % 85.0
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:20
  Traveling violation turnover on Malik Monk 0:29
+ 1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:47
+ 1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 0:47
  Personal foul on Cody Zeller 0:47
  Bad pass turnover on Cody Zeller, stolen by Kevin Huerter 0:54
  Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller 1:10
  Trae Young missed driving layup, blocked by Kemba Walker 1:13
+ 2 Kemba Walker made layup, assist by Marvin Williams 1:22
  Team rebound 1:29
  Malik Monk missed layup, blocked by Kent Bazemore 1:29
Team Stats
Points 102 113
Field Goals 41-85 (48.2%) 45-92 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 6-30 (20.0%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 10-18 (55.6%)
Total Rebounds 43 60
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 30 35
Team 6 17
Assists 22 27
Steals 13 9
Blocks 9 4
Turnovers 22 21
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST
29 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Hawks 3-7 25292325102
home team logo Hornets 6-5 23283032113
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 3-7 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 6-5 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Lin PG PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Walker PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Lin PG 19 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
K. Walker PG 29 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
48.2 FG% 48.9
20.0 3PT FG% 41.9
77.8 FT% 55.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 18 3 10 8/19 0/7 2/2 0 29 0 0 6 1 2 -15 35
K. Bazemore 16 2 1 6/12 2/7 2/3 3 28 4 2 3 0 2 -6 23
A. Len 12 3 1 6/11 0/3 0/0 1 19 1 0 4 0 3 -4 14
K. Huerter 7 5 3 2/5 0/2 3/3 1 32 3 1 1 1 4 -7 21
O. Spellman 2 4 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 2 2 -4 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 18 3 10 8/19 0/7 2/2 0 29 0 0 6 1 2 -15 35
K. Bazemore 16 2 1 6/12 2/7 2/3 3 28 4 2 3 0 2 -6 23
A. Len 12 3 1 6/11 0/3 0/0 1 19 1 0 4 0 3 -4 14
K. Huerter 7 5 3 2/5 0/2 3/3 1 32 3 1 1 1 4 -7 21
O. Spellman 2 4 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 2 2 -4 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lin 19 1 2 7/9 1/1 4/4 3 18 2 0 3 0 1 +4 23
D. Dedmon 8 6 0 4/7 0/1 0/2 5 19 0 2 3 1 5 -3 13
A. Poythress 8 5 0 3/5 1/1 1/2 0 17 0 2 1 2 3 -10 14
V. Carter 7 1 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 22 2 2 1 0 1 -1 13
D. Bembry 5 6 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 29 1 0 0 0 6 -15 16
T. Dorsey 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 +6 3
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Waller-Prince - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 37 22 41/85 6/30 14/18 18 236 13 9 22 7 30 -55 183
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 29 3 7 12/22 4/10 1/2 0 35 3 1 5 0 3 +9 45
M. Williams 20 8 1 8/14 3/6 1/2 3 26 1 0 2 0 8 +6 29
J. Lamb 13 3 1 5/11 2/4 1/2 1 22 1 0 3 1 2 -3 16
N. Batum 10 5 4 4/7 2/4 0/0 3 32 0 0 3 0 5 +11 20
C. Zeller 4 6 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 27 0 0 3 1 5 +11 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 29 3 7 12/22 4/10 1/2 0 35 3 1 5 0 3 +9 45
M. Williams 20 8 1 8/14 3/6 1/2 3 26 1 0 2 0 8 +6 29
J. Lamb 13 3 1 5/11 2/4 1/2 1 22 1 0 3 1 2 -3 16
N. Batum 10 5 4 4/7 2/4 0/0 3 32 0 0 3 0 5 +11 20
C. Zeller 4 6 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 27 0 0 3 1 5 +11 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Monk 13 0 6 5/11 1/3 2/4 1 20 1 0 3 0 0 +3 23
W. Hernangomez 9 9 1 2/2 1/1 4/4 2 15 2 1 1 2 7 +1 22
M. Bridges 9 3 1 4/9 0/2 1/1 1 19 0 0 0 0 3 -3 14
T. Parker 6 0 3 3/6 0/0 0/3 1 21 1 1 1 0 0 +12 13
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 0 6 2 0/5 0/1 0/0 1 17 0 1 0 4 2 +8 11
B. Biyombo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Kaminsky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 43 27 45/92 13/31 10/18 18 234 9 4 21 8 35 +55 202