NBA wrap: Kemba Walker leads Hornets to win over Celtics, Thunder falls in Russell Westbrook's return

Kemba Walker continued his stellar start to the season Monday.

The 28-year-old guard tallied 43 points, five assists and four rebounds to lead the Hornets to a 117-112 win over the Celtics at the Spectrum Center. Walker also connected on seven of his 13 3-point attempts in the victory.

The Hornets trailed by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter but rallied and took the lead on a 3-pointer by Walker. He then scored Charlotte’s next six points and added a game-securing step-back 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds left to play.

Walker was coming off a 60-point performance in the Hornets’ loss to the 76ers Saturday.

Elsewhere, Thunder star Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his return from a sprained ankle. He was also involved in a heated exchange with Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein in the third quarter.

The Thunder ended up falling to the Kings 117-113. The Pacers also pulled away for a 121-94 win over the Jazz.

Studs of the night

Pelicans forward Julius Randle came of the bench to get a triple-double in his team’s 140-126 victory over the Spurs. He finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.  

Joel Embiid scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the 76ers’ 119-114 win over the Suns.

Duds of the night

Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez tallied just six points and shot 2-of-10 from the field against the Bucks. Denver fell 104-98.

Harrison Barnes missed 11 of his 14 shots and was a minus-15 in the Mavericks’ 98-88 loss to the Grizzlies.


Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes this dunk with authority.

Trae Young with a nice lob to fellow rookie Omari Spellman, who finishes at the rim.

What’s next

Raptors (13-4) at Magic (9-8), 7 p.m. – There are only four games on the schedule Tuesday and this is the only matchup between two teams with winning records. Orlando enters the contest on a three-game winning streak while Toronto has dropped three of its last four.