Stat Line of the Night — 3/26/2013 — Nikolai Khabibulin
Stat Line of the Night — 3/27/2013 — Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker entered the NBA in 2011 fresh off an NCAA Championship and Tournament MVP honors, but he’s had to learn the hard way that wins in the pros won’t come quite as easily as they did during his college career.
In his first season with the Charlotte Bobcats, who drafted him ninth overall in 2011, his team won just seven of their 66 games, finishing in last in the entire league. And this season hasn’t been much better, as Charlotte once again finds themselves at the bottom of the NBA standings. But at least Walker seems to be getting more comfortable on the court with each passing game, and last night’s contest against the Orlando Magic may have very well been his best performance of the season.
Searching for just their 17th victory of the season, the Bobcats would get it, defeating the Magic by a score of 114-108, thanks in large part to Walker’s 34 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. It was the 22-year-old point guard’s second-highest point total of the season and one of his best all-round statistical outputs, earning him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, March 27, 2013.