CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, and the streaking Charlotte Hornets defeated the Utah Jazz 104-98 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Walker, the third-leading scorer in the Eastern Conference at more than 24 points per game, struggled with his shot early and finished just 7 of 20 from the field, but made several key baskets down the stretch where he had nine points.

Marvin Williams had 19 points, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to help stretch the Charlotte lead to four. Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky each had 13 points as Charlotte’s bench outscored Utah’s 41-20.

The Hornets came into the game with the second-best record in the East behind only the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and had to play from behind most of the night.

RAPTORS 112, THUNDER 102: DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points to help the Toronto win at Oklahoma City.

DeRozan, the NBA’s leading scorer, made 13 of 22 field goals and 11 of 15 free throws. Kyle Lowry added 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds and Patrick Patterson had 13 points for the Raptors.

Toronto, which shot 51.8 percent from the field, has won four of five.

The Thunder entered the night with the NBA’s best record, but they couldn’t get their offense going. Russell Westbrook led the way with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but he made just 9 of 26 shots and committed eight turnovers.

HAWKS 115, BULLS 107: Thabo Sefolosha scored 20 points, Dwight Howard added 18 and Atlanta won at home for its third consecutive victory.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, and Dennis Schroder scored 13. Howard grabbed 10 boards as Atlanta outrebounded the Bulls 49-30.

Jimmy Butler finished with 39 points and Dwyane Wade had 25 for the Bulls, who have lost four of five.

The output was Butler’s highest since he scored a career-high 53 points against Philadelphia on Jan. 14 last season.

KNICKS 110, NETS 96: Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter, Kristaps Porzingis added 21 and the New York Knicks won at home.

Rookie center Willy Hernangomez had a season-best 14 points, Derrick Rose also scored 14 and the Knicks climbed out of a 14-point hole to take the first meeting of the season between the New York rivals.

Brook Lopez and Justin Hamilton each scored 21 points for the Nets, who wilted on the second night of back-to-back games after a strong first half. Normally a good fourth-quarter team, they were outscored 38-25 while struggling to run their offense.

TIMBERWOLVES 123, MAGIC 107: Zach LaVine scored 37 points and Andrew Wiggins added 29 as Minnesota defeated Orlando for its first road win of the season.

A night after collapsing defensively against Brooklyn, the Timberwolves bounced back with an impressive performance in which they led the Magic by as many as 30 points in the first half. Orlando played better in the second half, cutting the deficit to 11 late in the fourth quarter but Minnesota always seemed to have an answer.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

PACERS 122, 76ERS 115: Paul George scored seven of Indiana’s 13 points in overtime and the host Pacers beat winless Philadelphia.

George finished with 28 points and eight rebounds.

Gerald Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining in regulation to give Philadelphia a 2-point lead. But on the ensuing Pacers possession, George hit a baseline jumper with 3 seconds left to tie it at 109.

Jeff Teague finished with 30 points and nine assists for Indiana.


WIZARDS: The NBA fined guard John Wall $25,000 on Wednesday for inappropriate interaction with an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after he was ejected.

The incident happened in the final minute of the Wizards’ 114-106 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Wall was ejected after getting his second technical foul of the game with 33.3 seconds left.

NETS: Isaiah Whitehead was placed in the concussion protocol, Yogi Ferrell was signed and Greivis Vasquez waived as Brooklyn tries to deal with an injury-riddled point guard corps.