KEMBA Walker took over in the clutch to help the Charlotte Hornets turn back the Dallas Mavericks, 97-87, at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Walker struggled with his shot but hit the biggest buckets for the Hornets, scoring five of his eight fourth quarter points in the final two minutes to pull away late from the feisty Mavericks.
Wes Matthews cut down a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to two, 76-78, with over four minutes left before Walker started taking over. He hit a three and a layup to bring Charlotte back up by five, before Harrison Barnes got the Mavs within three at the 1:58 mark, 85-88.
After Jeremy Lamb sank both free throws, Walker drilled a dagger triple to put the Hornets up by eight, 93-85, with 41 ticks remaining and took the fight out of the Mavericks.
Walker led all scorers with 18 despite shooting just 7-of-19 from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14, while Nic Batum and Jeremy Lamb each had 12 markers to help Charlotte improve to 11-8.
Barnes finished with 17 points but the Mavericks still fell to a league-worst 3-15 record. Justin Anderson had 15 off the bench, while Deron Williams and Matthews added 14 apiece.