What a night for Kemba Walker. The All-Star guard scored a career-high 60 points for the Charlotte Hornets. However, Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler ruined his historic night as he nailed a game-winning three-pointer to give the 122-119 overtime win for the Sixers.
Despite having the final say, Butler was the first to sing praises for Kemba Walker’s scintillating performance:
The two-way Sixers forward was the primary defender on Walker, who was simply unstoppable on the night, especially in crunch time and in overtime. He surely had his hands full as the spitfire Hornets guard sliced up and torched the entire Sixers defense. Thus, he had no choice but to give kudos to the man who just dropped 60 on him.
Kemba Walker made 21 field goals on the night, with six of them coming from downtown. He also made all of his 12 free throws to round out his 60-point effort. Walker was simply in his element tonight as he lit up Butler in a variety of ways.
Walker arguably had his worst game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers, shooting just 2-of-16 from the field and finishing with a season-low seven points. He sure did want to avenge that horrible game as he was aggressive to start the game, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the first half.
The Hornets were down by as many as 10 points with a little over three-and-a-half minutes left in regulation. But Walker led the late-game charge and even secured a one-point lead for Charlotte at one point.
However, Jimmy Butler had the last laugh in overtime as he shut down Kemba Walker’s own game-winning attempt with an amazing block-and-save stop to set up the final possession for the Sixers. Butler’s laugh only grew louder as he nailed the game-winning three — his only make from long distance — to break the collective hearts of Walker and the Hornets.