Kemba Walker's 60 Points Not Enough As Jimmy Butler Sinks OT Winner

Heather Diaz
November 20, 2018

Jimmy Butler's brilliant defensive-to-offensive flourish to cap off a 122-119 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday revitalized the Philadelphia 76ers and sent them to their second straight win. "I just wanted it to stop at 60".

The opinionated center also revealed that he sprained his hand against the Phoenix Suns last season - over 10 months ago - and he still feels pain from time to time, according to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic. "I'm just mad that we lost".

Boston has averaged 105.4 points per game which ranks 26th in the National Basketball Association this season, with a field goal percentage (.432) that's second to last in the league.

With the scores tied on the previous play, Butler came up with a huge block on Kemba Walker, saving the ball from going out, to give Philly possession to set up his blockbuster finish.

Walker shot 21 of 34 from the field and had six 3-pointers.

"The best thing for us that came out of it is when he misses the shot similar at the end of regulation, I'm looking over my assistant coach's shoulders, and I'm seeing the team getting him going", Brown said.

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Some of these numbers explain how they made it happen. Walker held up his palms and shrugged after the ball went in, similar to that famous gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years ago with the Bulls.

Butler had 28 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in the home win over the Jazz. "JJ walked on and said 'I bet you won't call game on this one.' I had to listen to him".

And even though he's been with the team for a matter of days, it already sounds like Butler is much, much happier in Philadelphia than he was in Minnesota.

Butler added: "I didn't think [Walker] would settle for a jump shot in that moment".

As for the game-winner, he said it's a shot he practices often, and worked on it 50 times earlier that morning. "I think we've done that - we can't think about the play-offs just yet".

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