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Walker scores 30 as Hornets beat Cavaliers 110-99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker admitted he was frustrated watching his shots misfire for the third straight game as the Charlotte Hornets fell behind by double digits in the first half.

However, the two-time All-Star kept pushing, prodding and eventually found his way with 30 points and six assists as the Hornets rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-99 Wednesday night.

''It's frustrating,'' Walker said of missing the first seven shots one game after scoring a season-low four points on two of 13 shooting last Saturday. ''It was shots that I usually make and shots that I work on all the time.

''Sometimes, you've just got to stick with it and try your best not to let the frustration get to you. You know, keep positive thoughts and just keep on pushing through.''

A reverse layup with 4:49 left in the first half got Walker untracked and he finished shooting 11 of 26, including 4 for 12 on 3-pointers, as the Hornets even their record at 15-15.

It was the ninth game of the season with at least 30 points for Walker, and helped Charlotte stop a two-game losing streak.

Hornets coach James Borrego said he had a simple message for Walker during his first half struggles.

''Yes - keep shooting,'' Borrego said. ''He's been doing this his entire life. I said, `Stay confident, keep shooting and we're going to keep looking for you.',,, Sometimes players need to see one drop, then two drop and three drop and he got rolling there.''

Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams had 18 points and 10 boards for Charlotte.

Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points, Jaron Blossomgame had 15 and Cedi Osman added 13 for the Cavaliers.

After the Cavaliers pulled to 88-82 with 8:52 left in the game, Charlotte started a 17-4 run to seal the win.

Cleveland center Larry Nance, Jr., whose team led 38-25 in the middle of the second quarter and 46-41 at halftime, had on a one-name answer when asked what the difference in the game was.

''Kemba,'' Nance said. ''He started to heat up in that third quarter and really just took over. Any time a player like that gets going, it's hard to slow him down.''

After going scoreless on 0-for-5 first-quarter shooting, Walker scored nine points in the second quarter while shooting 4 for 8, and added 17 points in the third quarter (6-for-9 shooting) and four points in the fourth quarter (on 1 for 4).

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Cavaliers: Jordan Clarkson returned to action after missing Tuesday's game at Indiana. ... Matthew Dellavedova missed Wednesday's game with left knee soreness.

Hornets: It was was their fourth of a five-game homestand. ... After Friday's game - Charlotte's 19th home game of the season - the Hornets will play 29 of their final 51 games on the road. Charlotte's front-loaded home schedule is due to the Spectrum Center hosting NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 15-17) in addition to two college basketball tournaments.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Toronto on Friday night.

Hornets: Host Detroit on Friday night.

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Key Players
J. Clarkson
8 PG
K. Walker
15 PG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
24.9 Pts. Per Game 24.9
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
44.5 Field Goal % 42.0
44.5 Three Point % 41.9
84.3 Free Throw % 82.8
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
+ 2 Collin Sexton made layup, assist by Cedi Osman 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr. 0:32
  Marvin Williams missed floating jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lamb 0:55
+ 2 Jeremy Lamb made dunk, assist by Tony Parker 1:11
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot 1:24
  Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr. 1:29
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:33
+ 2 Cedi Osman made layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 1:56
  Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr. 1:58
Team Stats
Points 99 110
Field Goals 41-85 (48.2%) 47-92 (51.1%)
3-Pointers 10-23 (43.5%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 7-12 (58.3%) 6-9 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 41 56
Offensive 4 13
Defensive 31 38
Team 6 5
Assists 24 24
Steals 8 4
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 4 1
10 PTS, 15 REB, 7 AST
30 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 8-24 2521292499
home team logo Hornets 15-15 16254128110
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 8-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 15-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Clarkson PG 16.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.4 APG 44.8 FG%
K. Walker PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Clarkson PG 20 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
K. Walker PG 30 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
48.2 FG% 51.1
43.5 3PT FG% 40.0
58.3 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 13 2 2 6/10 1/3 0/0 2 27 0 0 0 0 2 -4 19
R. Hood 12 1 1 5/11 1/3 1/1 0 35 2 0 1 0 1 -10 16
C. Sexton 11 3 3 5/15 1/2 0/0 4 27 1 0 2 0 3 -5 19
L. Nance Jr. 10 15 7 4/7 0/0 2/2 4 34 2 1 0 3 12 +1 42
D. Nwaba 3 2 1 1/3 0/0 1/1 0 16 1 0 1 0 2 -8 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 13 2 2 6/10 1/3 0/0 2 27 0 0 0 0 2 -4 19
R. Hood 12 1 1 5/11 1/3 1/1 0 35 2 0 1 0 1 -10 16
C. Sexton 11 3 3 5/15 1/2 0/0 4 27 1 0 2 0 3 -5 19
L. Nance Jr. 10 15 7 4/7 0/0 2/2 4 34 2 1 0 3 12 +1 42
D. Nwaba 3 2 1 1/3 0/0 1/1 0 16 1 0 1 0 2 -8 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 20 3 2 8/19 4/10 0/2 3 35 1 0 2 0 3 -8 26
J. Blossomgame 15 1 2 6/8 3/4 0/0 0 23 0 0 1 1 0 -8 19
A. Burks 8 4 6 3/8 0/1 2/3 4 25 1 3 1 0 4 -6 27
A. Zizic 7 4 0 3/4 0/0 1/3 1 15 0 2 0 0 4 -7 13
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 35 24 41/85 10/23 7/12 18 237 8 6 8 4 31 -55 188
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 30 3 6 11/26 4/12 4/5 2 37 2 1 1 2 1 +13 47
J. Lamb 18 12 5 8/16 2/4 0/0 2 41 0 0 0 1 11 +22 40
M. Williams 18 10 2 8/13 2/4 0/0 1 37 0 1 0 1 9 +9 33
N. Batum 12 3 2 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 0 3 +12 17
C. Zeller 4 8 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 27 0 1 1 1 7 +16 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 30 3 6 11/26 4/12 4/5 2 37 2 1 1 2 1 +13 47
J. Lamb 18 12 5 8/16 2/4 0/0 2 41 0 0 0 1 11 +22 40
M. Williams 18 10 2 8/13 2/4 0/0 1 37 0 1 0 1 9 +9 33
N. Batum 12 3 2 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 0 3 +12 17
C. Zeller 4 8 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 27 0 1 1 1 7 +16 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 12 8 2 6/10 0/0 0/1 0 20 2 2 1 6 2 +3 27
T. Parker 12 1 4 5/10 0/0 2/3 1 22 0 0 3 0 1 -5 18
W. Hernangomez 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 -4 3
M. Bridges 2 4 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 1 3 -12 6
F. Kaminsky 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 +1 -1
B. Biyombo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 51 24 47/92 10/25 6/9 14 233 4 5 12 13 38 +55 206