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Walker's 60 points not enough; 76ers top Hornets in OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) JJ Redick jokingly bet new 76ers teammate Jimmy Butler on the bench that he wouldn't call ''game'' on the final shot.

Butler responded with ''bet.''

Butler, in his third game with his new team, drained a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime and Philadelphia overcame an NBA season-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night.

''As much as I wanted the shot to go in to win the game, I also wanted it to go in because I didn't want Kemba to give me 70,'' Butler said with a laugh. ''I wanted it to stop at 60.''

Walker's 60 points were a career high and topped Klay Thompson's 52 for Golden State against Chicago on Oct. 29 for most in the league this season.

But the two-time All-Star was noticeably upset after the game about the team's third loss this season to the 76ers, two of which have come in overtime.

''I'm still proud, that's an unbelievable thing to do right there,'' Walker said of scoring 60 points. ''I'm just mad that we lost. I'm a competitor. It would have been even better with a win.''

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Walker's effort ''amazing and incredible.''

''We tried double-teaming him, we tried hard-hedging him,'' Brown said. ''The reality of it is, is that you have Joel (Embiid) and Jimmy in that situation a lot and he is doing that against two all-league defensive players. He is just hard to guard and he is really unique. ... Sixty points in an NBA game against a pretty good defensive team is a remarkable effort.''

Walker had 37 and 30 points in his previous two games against the 76ers, but only shot a combined 33 percent.

This time he was making everything, including banking in a 3-pointer to give the Hornets the lead with 44 seconds left in regulation after they had trailed by 17 earlier in the game. Walker held up his palms and shrugged his shoulders after the ball went in, similar to that famous gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years ago with the Bulls.

Walker finished 21 of 34 from the field and had six 3-pointers. He made all 12 foul shots and had seven rebounds and four assists.

But while Walker had the big numbers, Butler made the big plays.

Along with his game-winner, he also blocked Walker's shot on a drive with 15 seconds left and then saved the ball from going out of bounds. Walker thought he got fouled, but it wasn't called.

''That was an incredible 20 seconds of Jimmy Butler,'' Brown said.

Said Butler: ''I didn't think (Walker) would settle for a jump shot in that moment. So he did what I wanted him to do (and drove). I just got a piece of the ball.''

As for the game-winner, he said it's a shot he practices often, and worked on it 50 times earlier that morning.

BUTLER ADJUSTING

Butler scored 15 points and said he is adapting well to his new teammates.

''Basketball is basketball to me,'' he said. ''We play basketball the right way. We guard and we are in it together. We are going to have practice time (coming up) and I will pick up quicker sooner rather than later.''

BIG AGAIN

Embiid finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Simmons had 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the 76ers defeated Charlotte for the third time this season.

Embiid has feasted on the Hornets this season, with 42 points and 18 rebounds and 27 points and 15 rebounds in his previous two games.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry were among those on hand as Charlotte celebrated its recently selected 30th anniversary team. Walker, the Hornets' all-time leading scorer, was also a member.

TIP-INS

76ers: Redick finished with 23 points, including two key jumpers in overtime. ... Simmons threw an alley-oop pass to a breaking Butler from three-quarters court.

Hornets: Nic Batum, who has struggled of late, was booed by the home crowd after an airball in the third quarter. He didn't score in the game and only played two minutes in the second half. ... James Borrego picked up his first technical foul as Hornets coach. ... Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller fouled out.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Hornets: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
K. Walker
15 PG
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
26.4 Pts. Per Game 26.4
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
45.9 Field Goal % 45.8
46.3 Three Point % 43.9
81.4 Free Throw % 85.7
  Team rebound 0:00
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 3 Jimmy Butler made 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler 0:11
  Kemba Walker missed jump shot, blocked by Jimmy Butler 0:15
  Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Willy Hernangomez 0:33
+ 1 Jeremy Lamb made free throw 0:34
  Shooting foul on Ben Simmons 0:34
+ 2 Jeremy Lamb made driving layup 0:34
  Offensive rebound by Jeremy Lamb 0:38
  Dwayne Bacon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
Team Stats
Points 122 119
Field Goals 39-93 (41.9%) 42-99 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 11-35 (31.4%) 10-31 (32.3%)
Free Throws 33-38 (86.8%) 25-27 (92.6%)
Total Rebounds 62 56
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 44 40
Team 9 7
Assists 23 23
Steals 9 10
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 19 18
Fouls 24 29
Technicals 0 2
23 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST
60 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo 76ers 11-7 4221192812122
home team logo Hornets 7-8 302630249119
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 11-7 113.9 PPG 47.7 RPG 26.5 APG
home team logo Hornets 7-8 114.2 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.0 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 26.3 PPG 13.1 RPG 3.6 APG 45.9 FG%
K. Walker PG 25.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 6.2 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 33 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
K. Walker PG 60 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
41.9 FG% 42.4
31.4 3PT FG% 32.3
86.8 FT% 92.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 40 33 11 3 1 2 4 5 9/23 2/5 13/14 2 9 49 -4
J. Redick 29 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 9/17 5/11 0/0 0 1 27 +6
B. Simmons 39 23 11 9 2 0 4 2 7/13 0/0 9/11 1 10 50 +1
J. Butler 37 15 3 4 2 2 4 4 4/11 1/3 6/7 1 2 26 +3
M. Muscala 36 6 6 2 2 0 2 3 2/8 1/6 1/1 0 6 16 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 40 33 11 3 1 2 4 5 9/23 2/5 13/14 2 9 49 -4
J. Redick 29 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 9/17 5/11 0/0 0 1 27 +6
B. Simmons 39 23 11 9 2 0 4 2 7/13 0/0 9/11 1 10 50 +1
J. Butler 37 15 3 4 2 2 4 4 4/11 1/3 6/7 1 2 26 +3
M. Muscala 36 6 6 2 2 0 2 3 2/8 1/6 1/1 0 6 16 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Fultz 19 6 6 1 1 1 3 4 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 4 13 +1
A. Johnson 9 6 4 0 0 0 2 1 2/3 1/2 1/1 1 3 8 -1
L. Shamet 23 5 2 0 1 0 0 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 8 -3
F. Korkmaz 15 3 4 3 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/2 1/2 1 3 13 0
W. Chandler 14 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 4 7 -3
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McConnell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 261 122 53 23 9 6 19 24 39/93 11/35 33/38 9 44 217 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 45 60 7 4 4 0 9 2 21/34 6/14 12/12 0 7 70 +1
J. Lamb 39 20 10 3 1 0 1 4 6/18 1/6 7/7 3 7 36 -1
C. Zeller 35 10 7 4 1 0 0 6 4/8 0/1 2/2 1 6 26 +14
M. Williams 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 6 1/3 1/2 1/2 1 4 11 -6
N. Batum 18 0 1 4 1 1 1 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 10 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 45 60 7 4 4 0 9 2 21/34 6/14 12/12 0 7 70 +1
J. Lamb 39 20 10 3 1 0 1 4 6/18 1/6 7/7 3 7 36 -1
C. Zeller 35 10 7 4 1 0 0 6 4/8 0/1 2/2 1 6 26 +14
M. Williams 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 6 1/3 1/2 1/2 1 4 11 -6
N. Batum 18 0 1 4 1 1 1 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 10 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Bacon 28 9 6 0 0 0 0 3 4/10 1/3 0/0 0 6 15 +8
M. Bridges 26 9 4 1 1 1 3 4 4/6 1/1 0/0 0 4 14 +3
B. Biyombo 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
M. Monk 11 2 2 0 1 0 2 1 0/5 0/2 2/2 1 1 3 -4
T. Parker 15 2 3 5 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 3 14 -4
W. Hernangomez 12 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0/5 0/1 1/2 2 2 8 -12
F. Kaminsky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kidd-Gilchrist - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 259 119 49 23 10 3 18 29 42/99 10/31 25/27 9 40 209 -15