Walker's 60-point night was an NBA season-high and a personal career-high, as he topped Klay Thompson's 52 points for the Golden State Warriors against the Chicago Bulls on October 29th for the tops in the league this year. This comes just one game after the point guard scored seven points in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he set an NBA record by increasing his point total by 53 from one game to another. Despite all of this, the Hornets dropped their third game to the Sixers already this year, two of which have come in overtime.
In his last two games against the Sixers, Walker put up 33 and 30 points, but only shot a combined 33 percent in those two games. He made 21 of his 34 shots, made all six of his three pointers, all 12 of his free throw attempts, and added seven rebounds in the Hornets' eighth loss of the season. His team did not lead until there were 44 seconds left in the game, as they trailed by as many as 17 in the first half.
Butler finished the night with 15 points, while Joel Embiid led the way with another monster double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid has been successful against Charlotte all season long, posting 42 points and 27 points in the previous two games against them. Ben Simmons added 23 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, as the Sixers improved to 2-1 since Butler joined the team.
The Sixers will return home on Monday night to host Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns, while the Hornets will stay home to battle the Boston Celtics that same night.