Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker crossed up Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic so bad Wednesday night that Mirotic ended up on his back. Hornets owner Michael Jordan quickly shared his approval in the crowd.
With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Bulls sporting a 67-61 lead, Walker went around a screen from teammate Marvin Williams, forcing Mirotic to switch to him. Two quick crossovers and a behind-the-back dribble from Walker dropped Mirotic to the ground. Walker stepped back behind the three-point arc, sized up a wide-open jumper and nailed it.
The cameras caught Jordan watching the replay in Time Warner Cable Arena, and all he could do was laugh.
Chicago led 45-40 at halftime before both teams exploded for at least 27 points in the third quarter. While the Bulls won 102-95, Walker finished with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.
- Mike Fiammetta