Walker scores team-record 52 points, Hornets top Jazz in 2OT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker scored a franchise-record 52 points and the Charlotte Hornets won in double overtime, beating the Utah Jazz 124-119 on Monday.

Walker made 16 of 34 shots from the field, including 6 of 11 3-pointers. He was 14 of 15 on free throws.

Walker broke the franchise mark of 48 points set by Glen Rice on March 6, 1997, in an overtime win against Boston.

Facing the Jazz, Walker started fast. He scored 18 points in the first quarter while hitting three 3s.

Marvin Williams added 19 points, Frank Kaminsky scored 17, Cody Zeller 14 and Nicholas Batum 10 for the Hornets.

Gordon Hayward scored 36 points, Trey Burke added 25 and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Utah, which trailed 65-50 with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter.

The Jazz twice took the lead in the fourth. Burke’s 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter made it 95-all and forced overtime.

Utah had to rally again in the first overtime, with Gobert’s dunk with 7.4 seconds remaining tying the game at 108 and sending the game to a second overtime.

Williams’ 3-pointer with 4:11 left in the second OT put Charlotte ahead to stay. Zeller and Walker went 6 of 6 from the free throw line over the final 11.1 seconds to seal the win.

Behind 23 points from Walker and 50 percent shooting from the field, the Hornets led by as many as 12 points in the first half before taking a 52-43 lead at the break.

Hayward kept the Jazz in the game, scoring 16 first-quarter points, including a layup with 28 seconds remaining that put Utah up 28-27. But Walker hit a jumper with 6.7 seconds left to put the Hornets back in the lead.


Jazz: Forward/center Derrick Favors, the team’s No. 2 scorer (16.8 per game) and rebounder (8.6 per game), missed his 14th consecutive game due to back problems. . Trevor Booker was back in the lineup after missing a game in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Hornets: Guard Jeremy Lamb missed his third straight game while recovering from a right toe strain.


Jazz: Visit the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Hornets: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.