Hornets Roar Past Raptors

Walker Tallies Game-High 32 Points in Win Over Toronto

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

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Result

In what could easily be described as the team’s best overall performance of the season, the Hornets put together a dominating 113-78 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Friday, Jan. 20 in Charlotte. Led by Kemba Walker’s game-high 32 points, the Hornets held another defensive showcase against the Eastern Conference’s second-best team, allowing a season-low 30 second-half points in addition to their second-fewest points conceded overall in any game this year. The win marked Charlotte’s ninth victory in its last 11 appearances at Spectrum Center, which is a stretch that began on Dec. 1.

Turning Point

Leading 45-44 with less than two minutes to go in the first half, the Hornets began a 43-19 run to help build a 25-point advantage over Toronto by the end of the third quarter. Kemba Walker finished with 16 points alone in the frame, single-handedly outscoring the Raptors (33-15) as the Hornets connected on 12-of-21 field-goal attempts (57.1 percent) to take complete control of the game and cruise to their second-straight victory.

Hornets Player of the Game

Kemba Walker exploded for a game-high 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting (6-of-9 from three-point range), four rebounds and a game-high eight assists despite not playing at all in the fourth quarter. Through 43 appearances, Walker has now tallied a total of 30 20-point performances on the year, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach this threshold in a single season (previous best: Glen Rice; 45 games in 1996-97).

Raptors Player of the Game

DeMar DeRozan finished with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting, three rebounds and two assists in the loss. DeRozan has now scored 20-or-more points in a career-high 15-consecutive games for Toronto, which is a streak that began on Dec. 23.

Game Notes

Frank Kaminsky notched 16 points, eight rebounds and a game-high three steals in 27 minutes off the bench… Nicolas Batum chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and six assists… Cody Zeller (11 points), Marvin Williams (10 points) and Ramon Sessions (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Hornets… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added eight points and game-high 11 rebounds… Charlotte knocked down 40-of-80 field-goal attempts (50.0 percent) while Toronto connected on just 29-of-86 shots (season-low-tying 33.7 percent)… The Hornets dominated on the glass, 51-33 and in assist margin, 24-10… Charlotte is now 15-1 when holding opponents under 100 points this season.

Quote of the Night

“I got into one of them zones. I mean it just feels like you can make any shot. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. When you are in that zone, [you just] kind of black out. You just try to stay aggressive and take the shots that you’ve been practicing, that you practice each and every day. Tonight was a good night for me.” -Kemba Walker

Quote of the Night


“I got into one of them zones. I mean it just feels like you can make any shot. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. When you are in that zone, [you just] kind of black out. You just try to stay aggressive and take the shots that you’ve been practicing, that you practice each and every day. Tonight was a good night for me.” -Kemba Walker

Next Up

The Hornets will play the second game of a home back-to-back set against the Brooklyn Nets beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Charlotte. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.


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Saturday Jan 21 - 7:00 pmSpectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte Hornets App & WFNZ 610 AM