Walker scores 21 points to help Hornets rout Suns 135-115

Phoenix loses again despite 32 points from Devin Booker

Walker scores 21 points to help Hornets rout Suns 135-115
Coach James Borrego chatting with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist during Saturdays win over the Phoenix Suns. The Hornets 3rd straight win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit three-points and had 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Phoenix Suns 135-115 on Saturday for their third straight victory.

Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory en route to its season-high points total.

Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26.

Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 games and fell to 4-19 on the road.

The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7 of 10 shooting.

Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.


Suns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De'Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled "Get big!" at his teammate.

Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team's career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said "Wow! Wow! Wow!" after being given a key to the city, and told fans, "I hope I made you proud."


Suns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.

Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night.


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