Walker Scores 31, Hornets Beat Suns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their eighth straight loss with a 120-106 victory on Sunday.

Devin Booker, who became the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 points in a loss Saturday night to the Boston Celtics, got off to a slow start but finished with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. TJ Warren had 21 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Marvin Williams added 21 points and Nic Batum chipped in with 18 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have won four of their last five games as they try to make a late playoff push.

Walker made 10 of 18 shots from the field and all seven free throws. He became the fourth player in Hornets history to have 50 20-point games in a season.

Charlotte (33-40) entered the day three games behind Miami for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining and played inspired basketball on a rare weekend matinee home game.

The Hornets bolted to a 30-7 lead in the first quarter after making 10 of their first 13 shots and led by 22 at halftime.

Williams sparked the early run, connecting on all three 3-pointers, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist held Booker scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Suns cut the lead to 105-101 with 4 1/2 minutes left on a reverse layup by Warren and some big jumpers by Booker. But Batum knocked down a long 3-pointer from the wing and Walker scored on cutting layup to ignite an 11-0 run to put away the game.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker had his 41st 20-point game. … Warren had his third double-double of the season. … Outscored the Hornets 50-30 in the paint.

Hornets: Charlotte recorded its second wire-to-wire victory of the season. … Cody Zeller had four steals. … Made 22 of 24 free throws.

UP NEXT

Suns: Travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to face the Hawks.

Hornets: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.