Hornets guard Kemba Walker dropped 52 points in Monday’s win over the Jazz, a career-high and the second-highest total by an NBA player on Martin Luther King Day.
The previous franchise record for points in a game was 48 by Glen Rice in 1997 with the original Hornets franchise, before the team moved to New Orleans.
Walker also came close to recorded a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and eight assists. He was 16 for 34 from the field and 14 for 15 from the free-throw line.
Walker spoke recently with SI.com’s Rob Mahoney about how he’s worked to improve his jump shot.
“When I shot last year, I was putting the ball in front of my face,” Walker said. “So now we just try to move it over a little more to the right so the ball isn't in front of my face anymore.”
- Dan Gartland