CHARLOTTE Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and Kemba Walker
got a victory on an emotional return to Charlotte when the Celtics of
Boston defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday.
Walker had a bad night shooting the ball and
He finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won their sixth
consecutive game easily. Walker missed his first six shots and didn't make a
field basket until after three minutes of the third quarter.
Gordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the
Celtics, who scored 17 points taking advantage of Charlotte's 21 ‘turnovers.
Walker received an enthusiastic ovation from about a
minute from the local crowd after the Hornets showed a video
of homage that left the owner crying.
The three-time All-Star played eight NBA seasons
in Charlotte and is the top scorer of the franchise. He signed with the Celtics in
the dead season after Hornets owner Michael Jordan
I chose not to pay Walker a five-year, $ 221 max supermax ’contract
But he went on good terms with the organization and
his fans, and said before the game that he expected a warm response.
“I've always interacted with fans, I've always
signed autographs and I've always taken pictures, ”Walker said after the
warm ups. “I was always kind to everyone, so I don't think there should be
no negative reaction. "
Miles Bridges had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead
to the Hornets, who saw their three-win streak interrupted. Charlotte threw
from 31-6 from the three point zone.
In another game of the day, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-112.