Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker had a historic night in a 113-111 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
The Bronx native went off for 40 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists — becoming the first player in franchise history to reach a 40-10-5 line.
Kemba Walker is the first player in @hornets history with 40 pts, 10 reb and 5+ ast in a game.#LineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/SKMO81VG9f
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 12, 2016
Walker had the hot hand to start the game, as he made his first seven shots, including a crisp 3-of-3 from beyond. The Hornets chased down the Raptors throughout the game and it was their point guard who led the hunt from beginning to end.
Kemba Walker goes off for 40 points, 10 rebounds & 6 assists for the @Hornets. #BuzzCityh pic.twitter.com/WpdzGYwP3J
— NBA (@NBA) November 12, 2016
The 6-foot-1 Connecticut alum is a star in the making, overcoming his shooting woes from past seasons and making over 50 percent of his field goals in five of eight games.
Kemba Walker was 7-of-12 from the three-point line and 12-of-19 overall, pushing his average to 25.9 points per game for the season. He became the third player this season with 40 points and 10 rebounds, joining Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis (twice).
The Hornets (6-2) will test their mettle on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-1) on Sunday night.