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Walker's big finish gives Hornets win over Suns


Kemba Walker didn't have much of an impact in Charlotte's game Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns — until the final 4 ½ minutes.


Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in that late surge — punctuated by a halfcourt heave at the buzzer — and Charlotte pulled away to hand the Suns their sixth straight loss, 119-113.


Walker was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws in his late surge, which ended with a basket at the final buzzer from just beyond midcourt.


"Losing Devin Booker in the first half kind of changed the game plan," Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said.


Suns: Crawford joined Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves.


... Booker's back problem brought an end to 11 consecutive 20-point games for the Phoenix star guard, the second-longest such streak of his career.






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