Kemba Walker has just agreed a big extension with the Charlotte franchise and on the first game with the team returning to its favoured name of the Hornets, Walker went along way to repaying the faith shown him.
Not only did Walker send the game into overtime by making a deep clutch three pointer in regulation with 1.6 remaining, but he went one better in the extra period by clinching the teams first win of the season with a game-winning shot.
Wednesday the Hornets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 108-106 thanks the large contribution of franchise point guard Kemba Walker who lead all scorers in the game with 26 points.
The score was tied at 106-106 with under 15 seconds remaining, Walker isolated himself one-on-one with Bucks point guard Brandon Knight as he geared up for the chance to win the game.
Walker performed a crossover dribble before reverting into a step-back to free space for his jump-shot, with 5.1 seconds remaining he arced the ball into the hoop for what would turn out to be the game-winning shot for the Hornets in their first game of the season.
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Khris Middleton attempted a game-winning three pointer at the other end to respond to Walker's basket but missed the attempt leading to 108-106 win for the Michael Jordan-owned Hornets.
Walker had recently inked a four-year contract extension worth $48 million with the Hornets, the deal had to be sorted before Friday's deadline in order for the point guard not to become a restricted free agent this summer.
He finished the contest with 26 points along with six rebounds and 5 assists, he was helped by center Al Jefferson who recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.
Knight led the Bucks with 22 points (on 5-for-17 shooting), 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Here is the moment that Walker was able to seal the win for the home team.
Here was Walker's heroics in regulation