Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 32 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Hornets kept alive their slim postseason hopes with a 115-109 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday night.
“In those kinds of situations, I think my team is kind of looking for me to be more aggressive and make some plays,” said Walker, who made 2 of 8 shots through three quarters.
The Hornets, who came into Wednesday on a three-game skid, trailed by five in the middle of the fourth quarter when Walker’s 3 ignited a 14-6 run that put Charlotte in front for good.
“That shot in particular, I had a little space and just rose up and took a shot,” Walker recalled. “That was the shot that kind of got me going. I was struggling all night.”
The Hornets (36-42), with four games to play, sit 2 ½ games behind Orlando (39-40) for the final East playoff spot.
“Anything is possible,” Walker said. “You never know what can happen. So, we’ve got to just keep playing hard, try to win.”
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Julius Randle had 34 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which has dropped five of six games.
Trail Blazers 116, Grizzlies 89: Evan Turner had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists off the bench for his second consecutive triple-double and host Portland reached 50 wins.
Jazz 118, Suns 97: Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points, leading visiting Utah over Phoenix, which lost leading scorer Devin Booker with 4:28 left in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly on his left ankle while jumping to receive a pass. Booker sprained his left ankle and left the game with eight points.
Rockets 135, Clippers 103: James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and visiting Houston routed Los Angeles in a potential playoff preview. The Clippers had won 13 of 15 coming into Wednesday.
Hawks 130, 76ers 122: Trae Young had 33 points and 12 assists, John Collins added 25 points, and host Atlanta handed playoff-bound Philadelphia its second straight loss.
T’wolves 110, Mavericks 108: Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit the go-ahead bucket in the final minute and visiting Minnesota turned back a fourth-quarter rally by Dallas.
Nuggets 113, Spurs 85: Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine of host Denver’s season-high 41 assists in a game in which San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after 63 seconds.
Bulls 115, Wizards 114: Walt Lemon Jr. scored a career-high 24 points, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play, to help visiting Chicago snap a five-game slide.
Pacers 108, Pistons 89: Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, and visiting Indiana beat Detroit. The Pistons’ Blake Griffin missed a third straight game with left knee soreness.
Celtics 112, Heat 102: Gordon Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and visiting Boston pulled away in the final minutes.
Raptors 115, Nets 105: Pascal Siakam had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 26 points and nine boards and visiting Toronto won its fifth straight game.
Magic 114, Knicks 100: Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and reserve Terrence Ross scored 23 points for host Orlando.
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