Walker returns to Charlotte to help Celtics beat Hornets
Walker had an off-night shooting and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won their sixth straight game handily. Walker missed his first six shots.
Walker received a rousing minute standing ovation after the Hornets showed a highlight tribute on the videoboard that left the point guard in tears. The three-time All-Star played eight NBA seasons in Charlotte and is the franchise’s scoring leader. He signed with the Celtics this past offseason after Hornets owner Michael Jordan elected not to pay Walker a five-year, $221 million supermax contract.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams made a go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds left, then added a 3-pointer and finished with 26 points to lift Los Angeles over Portland for coach Doc Rivers’ 900th career victory.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland with 22 points apiece, but both got blanked in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers‘ third straight loss. That’s when Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points, including Portland’s first 12.
Leonard sealed the win with four straight free throws as fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”
The Clippers rallied from eight points down early in the fourth, taking their first lead on Leonard’s basket.
Rivers became the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins.
Los Angeles improved to 5-1 at home.
Miami bounced back from a 20-point loss to Denver win for the fourth time in five games. The Heat improved to 6-2 for the first time since 2012 when they had LeBron James and eventually won the NBA title.
Dragic, who played six seasons in his 12-year career with the Suns, scored 20 points in the second half.