CHARLOTTE—Kemba Walker had 30 points on five more 3-pointers, and Charlotte beat the Bulls 135-106 on Friday night for their first home victory of the season.Through six games, the two-time All-Star in second in the league in 3-point attempts (64) and 3-pointers made (29) behind only Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who is setting the pace at 39 of 74 from beyond the arc.Walker finished fourth in the league last season with 241 3-pointers. Curry was ninth, but largely because he missed 31 games due to injuries.Hornets coach James Borrego told Walker he wants him to lead the NBA in 3-point attempts.
When asked his reaction, Walker broke into the widest smile he could muster, saying ”that’s what I want to hear.”
”We trust his three,” Borrego said. ”The way he’s shooting it, the confidence, the spacing around him, the movement around him, we expect those 3s to keep him in (Curry’s) area. And if we can get more, I want more. It’s my job to help him find more 3s and to create more 3s. We don’t want this to decline. If anything, we want this to increase.”
Walker, who came in averaging 31 points, bounced back from a season-low 23-point outing against the Bulls, shooting 11 of 18 from the field.He also had seven assists and six rebounds.Zach LaVine had 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting for the Bulls.Kris Dunn (knee), Lauri Markkanen (elbow), Denzel Valentine (ankle) and Bobby Portis missed the game with injuries. ”I know we are throwing a lot of makeshift lines out there, but it is not an excuse to not go out there and play hard,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. … Were outrebounded 50-34.