Walker’s Layup Lifts Hornets Over Knicks: Box Scores

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Kemba Walker drove home for a layup as time expired to help the Charlotte Hornets to a 103-102 victory over the New York Knicks at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to give the Knicks a 102-101 lead over the Hornets with 0:40 remaining, but misses a 20-footer with 4 seconds remaining on the clock.

Coming out of a 20-seconds timeout, Walker collected a half-court inbounds pass close to the top of the key and after faking to the right, he drove down the lane to score the winner off the glass.

Gerald Henderson scored 22 points to lead the way for Charlotte (5-15), with Al Jefferson added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Lance Stephenson also scored 16 points, while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out six assists for the Hornets, which stopped a 10 game losing streak.

Anthony, who struggled from the field in Thursday night’s 90-87 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, rebounded to score 32 points and seven boards to guide the Knicks on Friday night.

J.R. Smith finished with 14 points and knock down 2 for 3 from three-point range, with Tim Hardaway Jr. adding 13 points off the bench.

New York was losing its seventh game in a row and its ninth in the last 10 outings.

Gary Neal contributed 13 points off the bench for the Hornets and Walker, who went 4 for 15 from the floor added 11 points in the win as Charlotte finished the night shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

The Knicks went 10 for 22 from behind the arc, and 46.8 percent from the field.

DWAYNE SIMPSON

Dwayne is a former high school and college athlete who now enjoys life off the court and off the track. He is a former contributor for the News World weekly magazine and online website.

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