Hornets cruise past lowly Suns 126-92

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By BILL KISER, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 26 points, and the Charlotte Hornets routed the Phoenix Suns 126-92 on Tuesday night.

Al Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which has won nine of 12. Nicolas Batum and reserve Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points apiece.

The Suns had five players score in double figures in their 16th consecutive road loss. Alex Len had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Mirza Teletovic scored 17 points.

Charlotte led by 26 points at halftime and opened its biggest lead at 115-72 on Troy Daniels' 3-pointer with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix's only lead came in the opening 90 seconds, when a Len hook shot and P.J. Tucker layup put the Suns up 4-0.

But the Hornets responded with a 21-2 run, capped by Walker's 3-pointer with 4:32 left. They held Phoenix without a field goal for nearly 6 1/2 minutes while opening their first double-digit lead.

Batum's layup with 47 seconds remaining in the first half put the Hornets up 68-41.


Suns: Devin Booker scored 13 points, and reserve John Jenkins had 11. ... The Suns dropped to 4-24 on the road and moved within one of tying the team's 42-year-old record for consecutive road losses. Their last road win was a 103-101 victory at Chicago on Dec. 7.

Hornets: C Spencer Hawes was inactive for the sixth straight game with a sore lower back, and coach Steve Clifford said it may be another week before he resumes practicing. ... Charlotte signed G Jorge Gutierrez of Mexico to a second 10-day contract.


Suns: Visit the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Hornets: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

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