NBA wrap: Kemba Walker scores 36 points as Hornets shock Celtics in Charlotte

The Hornets shocked the Celtics Saturday, overcoming an 18-point lead in the final eight minutes to claim a 124-117 victory in Charlotte.

Boston entered the game having lost two straight, and the Hornets extended their recent slide.

Kemba Walker dominated the contest, totaling 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Charlotte. He even shared the ball with style, rewarding Miles Bridges’ defensive efforts by throwing him a lob on the break.

Kyrie Irving had a respectable night in his own right for Boston. The point guard tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The Hornets are just 2 1/2 games back from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are firmly in fifth place.

Charlotte will need to string together a few more signature wins to get into the postseason.

Studs of the Night

Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 33 points and 23 rebounds in Minnesota’s 112-99 victory over Memphis.

Trae Young poured in 32 points and 11 assists as his Hawks topped the 76ers, 129-127.

Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds in Utah’s 114-83 trouncing of Chicago.

Dud of the Night

Kris Dunn scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting in the Bulls’ loss.


Trae Young ended Philadelphia’s night with a game-winning floater in Atlanta.

DeMarcus Cousins showcased his handles and blew by Dallas’ Luke Doncic for a slam.

What’s Next?

Spurs (42-31) at Celtics (43-30) 7:30 p.m. ET — San Antonio was just one of the hottest teams in the NBA, but it has lost it’s last two games. Boston is still struggling to find consistency, as it has enters Sunday having lost three straight. Both squads have All-Star caliber talent and are looking to get back on track.