Kemba Walker hung 60 points on the Sixers, but the one point he was robbed of looms largest

Kemba Walker hung 60 points on the Sixers, but the one point he was robbed of looms largest
Jimmy Butler single-handedly spoils Kemba Walkers incredible 60-point night in OT
Faced with a tie game at the end of overtime between the Sixers and the Charlotte Hornets and Kemba Walker on the best night of his career, Butler didnt blink.

Rather, Butler threw down an incredible block on a driving Walker to prevent the Hornets from taking the lead, then iced a 3-pointer in the final seconds to give the Sixers one of their most thrilling wins of the season.

Funnily enough, Butler hadnt even been having a great game until the final two possessions of the game. He had only posted 12 points of 3-of-10 shooting with four assists, three rebounds and four turnovers. But that might just be the Jimmy Butler experience: aggression on both ends of the floor on even the worst of nights.

Theyve now won 18 consecutive home games overall, dating back to March 16th of last season. The streak is six wins shy of the franchise record (24) established during the clubs 1982-83 championship campaign.

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Entering tonight, Jimmy Butler was 0-11 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds since the start of last season. That was the most misses without a make in the NBA.

But Saturday, on the second night of a back-to-back, the Sixers will make one more stop on the road, in Charlotte, before getting their first chance to settle in for an extended stretch on Broad & Pattison.

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In three games played with Butler, the 76ers are now 2-1 with Butler doing nearly everything that could be expected of him since coming over in the Timberwolves trade. We all know that Butler himself seems to be enjoying the ride.

The element that had been missing was here, and the whole building knew it. Four minutes left, good guys down by two, another big lead whittled down to a memory. The ball was in the hands of Donovan Mitchell, a precocious second-year guard who is used to doing what he wants in such situations. Here, he tried the crossover, and then the hesitation, and then, after resetting himself for a third time, he tried to lower his lead shoulder and Eurostep into the paint.

After the game, Butler chalked up his game-winner to two things: the confidence that his new team has in him and a desire to prove JJ Redick wrong.

Each time, Jimmy Butler was there, to an extent that the official on his side of the court decided that he could not possibly have been there legally. The whistle might have sent Mitchell to the foul line, but it could not obscure the reality of what had just taken place.

I love the fact that my coaches and teammates had confidence in me to iso and make another basket. I cant thank them enough for that one, Butler said. JJ walked on and said I bet you wont call game on this one. I had to listen to him. Im confident in the shots I take, but that one, Im glad I made it.

The final 30 seconds of the game caused Walkers performance to end on a very sour note, but they shouldnt obscure an all-time great performance from the Hornets All-Star.

Walker finished with 60 points on 21-of-34 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, outscoring the rest of his teammates on half the shots. All told, it was a stat line that gives him a special place in Hornets history.

He likes talking to his teammates and he actively talks in timeouts. Hes talking when hes on defense, on the bench, in the locker room, with the media, and anywhere else.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Walker is the first player in Hornets history to post a 60-point game. He also joins Allen Iverson as the only players 6-foot-1 or shorter in NBA history to hit the 60-point mark.

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Charlotte fell to the Sixers in overtime, but its still worth appreciating Kemba Walkers stellar shooting display: 60 points on 39 true shot attempts, including 9/12 at the rim and 6/14 from downtown. Only 7 of his 21 made shots were assisted. From the line, he was 12/12. pic.twitter.com/EsmD9APmDO

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Even though it ended in heartbreak, there shouldnt be anyone in Charlotte who isnt thankful for Kemba Walker. Butler made sure to pay his respects to Walker during his postgame interview.

In light of Jimmy Butlers comments tonight, feel this is relevant from Karl-Anthony Towns: “Were taking pride … I think especially now. You see any one of us mess up, were looking to the person right away and telling them we messed up. Its our bad. Well fix it next time.”

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Butler is only in his second game with Philly since being traded there from Minnesota. He was unhappy with the Timberwolves and wanted out. One of his complaints was that some of Minnesota’s players couldn’t handle his style of constructive criticism. When he says his Sixers teammates don’t take the criticism personally, it seems he is pointing out how what they’re doing better than his old teammates.

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Butler scored a team-high 28 points on 12/15 shooting in Philly’s 113-107 win over Utah on Friday night. After the game, he was interviewed by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Serena Winters and asked what’s made him so comfortable with his new teammates. The answer he gave seemed like indirect shot at his ex-teammates.

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“Everybody wants to win. And when somebody messes up, you talk to them, they don’t take it personal, and they do their job,” Butler said. “I think everybody’s such a good basketball player and we all want to do right, that sometimes we mess up.”

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Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteIt's possible that Butler was simply complimenting the way Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, J.J. Redick and all of his new teammates handle themselves, but it seems more likely that he was comparing his new situation to what he experienced in Minnesota, where it was widely reported that he didn't like the way Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns operated.  

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The former Wolves All-Star scored 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting in his home debut with the 76ers Friday night, and after the game he made a couple of comments that are being viewed as cheap shots as his former teammates. 

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Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteMeanwhile, the Wolves are doing just fine without him, winning all three games they've played since providing Butler with the trade he wanted.


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