NBA Wrap: Hornets halt losing streak against Blazers

Kemba Walker sank 23 points as the Charlotte Hornets halted a five-game losing streak with a 107-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Walker’s haul, together with 17 points from Nicola Batum, secured an impressive win for the Hornets, who limited the Trail Blazers to 35 per cent shooting.

Roy Hibbert also provided a huge boost off the bench after the 7ft 2in center finished with a season-high 16 points.

Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum 18 for Portland as they suffered a third successive defeat.

The Washington Wizards held off a late charge from the Memphis Grizzlies to secure a 104-101 triumph.

The Wizards had built a commanding 19-point lead with John Wall (25 points) and Markieff Morris (17 points, 12 rebounds) particularly influential.

But despite 28 points from Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies left it too late, despite causing a scare in the final three minutes.

Joel Embiid scored 26 points and Ersan Ilyasova 18 as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 to record a seventh win in nine games.

DeMar DeRozan (25 points) and Kyle Lowry (24 points) were the top scorers for the Atlantic Division table-topping Raptors.

In Boston, Derrick Rose’s 30-point haul were enough to give the Knicks a third win in 14 games as they overcame the Celtics 117-106. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 39 points.

The New Orleans Pelicans downed Orlando 118-98 at home with six Pelicans scoring double figures. Anthony Davis hit 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Terrence Jones and Langston Galloway scored 18 each in the first of six home games for New Orleans.

Reggie Jackson hit 26 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Altanta Hawks 118-95 at The Palace. The Pistons never looked back after racing into a 42-18 first-quarter lead. Paul Millsap had 21 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta.

The Milwaukee Bucks lost their third straight game with a 111-92 loss against the Houston Rockets, with James Harden draining 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the hosts. Gianni Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bucks.

Kevin Durant starred for the Golden State Warriors, netting 40 points in their comfortable 121-100 win over Oklahoma City Thunder.

Finally, the Indiana Pacers rallied from behind to dominate the final quarter and defeat the Sacremento Kings 106-100