Walker's 18 points lift Bobcats past Hawks, 79-77
By STEVE REED
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker opened his NBA career with a solid performance, shaking off a slow start to score a game-high 18 points - including the go-ahead layup- to lift the Bobcats to a 79-77 win over the Hawks in the preseason opener for both teams.
After missing eight of his first 10 shots, including a dunk on a fastbreak, Walker made a 17-footer and a driving layup over two defenders in the closing 90 seconds. He used his quickness to draw fouls in the lane and shot 9 for 11 from the line.
The Bobcats got a strong effort from Boris Diaw, making his first start at center since the departure of Kwame Brown. Playing well away from the basket, Diaw shot 5 for 8 from the field and finished with 12 points.
Updated December 19, 2011