LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-98 Monday night in Kobe Bryant’s final game against the team that drafted him — and promptly traded him — nearly 20 years ago.
Cody Zeller had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum added 15 points and 11 assists for the Hornets, who have won two straight.READ MORE: Man Shot While Walking Dogs In Hollywood, 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
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Bryant, who received a taped message from Hornets owner Michael Jordan before the game, finished with 20 points on 5-of-20 shooting. He had only three points in the second half, making just one of 10 shots.
Jordan didn’t attend Bryant’s final regular-season game in Charlotte, but congratulated him on an “unbelievable career” during a message that was played on the arena’s scoreboard before tip-off.MORE NEWS: At Least 2 Homes Destroyed When Wind-Whipped Fire Rips Through Bloomington Neighborhood
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