CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds, fellow point guard Tony Parker added 19 points off the bench and the Charlotte Hornets snapped the Denver Nuggets seven-game win streak with a 113-107 victory on Friday.
Marvin Williams chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Denver came in the with the best record in the Western Conference, but shot 39 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range. The Hornets put the clamps on Nikola Jokic for most of the game, holding the 7-foot, 250-pound center to 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 20 points.
Parker, now in his 18th NBA season, made big plays throughout.
The Hornets built a 64-53 halftime lead behind Parker, who had 13 points, three assists and a steal before the break.
When the Nuggets rallied from 11 down with three minutes remaining and cut the lead to three with 1:13 left on a 3-pointer from Malik Morris, Parker drove the left side of the lane and hit a big step-back 17-foot jumper.
Walker hit three free throws in the final 14 seconds to put the game away. Walker finished the game 11 of 12 from the free throw line, offsetting a tough 4-of-11 shooting night.
Nuggets: Will Barton, Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Isaiah Thomas did not play due to injuries. … Torrey Craig had a rough night in his return to the Carolinas as the former South Carolina Upstate star was held scoreless and fouled out.
Hornets: Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers took in the game from courtside seats. A certain future NFL Hall of Famer, Peppers once played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and remains a big basketball fan.
Nuggets: At Hawks on Saturday night.
Hornets: At Knicks on Sunday night.