CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and added 15 points, Kemba Walker scored 31 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Thursday night.

Dante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.

D’Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

All five Charlotte starters scored in double figures and the Hornets hit 52.4 percent from 3-point range. Charlotte improved to 25-33 with its second straight victory.

Howard had a double-double – 10 points and 11 rebounds – after 10 minutes. But the Hornets still needed Walker’s big fourth quarter, when he had 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, to secure the victory.

The Hornets held a 55-53 halftime lead after hitting 46 percent behind the arc. Charlotte then had a 13-0 run to start the third quarter.

KNICKS 120, MAGIC 113: Reserve Trey Burke finished with a season-high 26 points and six assists to help New York win at Orlando, Florida, and break an eight-game losing streak.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points and six assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time since Jan. 30 and the first time since losing Kristaps Porzingis for the season to a torn ACL.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight.

The first game after the All-Star break for both teams marked the first Knicks start for guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who was acquired from Denver in a three-team trade Feb. 8. It also marked the returns from injury for center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon of the Magic.


KINGS: The team is looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to Sacramento for the first time.

The Kings’ owner, Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and tourism officials are set to submit an application to the league Friday for the game in 2022 or ’23.

CAVALIERS: Larry Nance Jr. is getting to honor his father by wearing his dad’s retired No. 22 jersey with the Cavs, who worked with the NBA to make the unique tribute possible.

“My dad’s jersey will get to stay retired in the rafters so I couldn’t be happier with it,” said Nance Jr., who was acquired recently by Cleveland in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’m thrilled. I’ve been wearing 22 my whole life and to get to wear it for the Cleveland Cavaliers is beyond a dream come true.”