3-point barrage dooms Nuggets in Charlotte, Denver falls two games back in playoff race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 31 points, and the Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky took over in the fourth quarter as the Charlotte Hornets preserved their slim playoff hopes with a 122-114 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
 
The Hornets shot 17 for 26 on 3-pointers, including 7 for 12 in the fourth quarter.
 
Charlotte trailed by eight entering the fourth, but scored 12 straight points to take control. Walker ignited the run with a long 3-pointer and then scored on a drive and drew a foul. Kaminsky, who had 22 points, and Belinelli each had three 3s in the fourth quarter as Charlotte outscored Denver 36-20.
 
Both teams entered the game on the outside of the playoff bubble. Charlotte was 2 1/2 games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Nuggets were 1 1/2 out of the eighth spot in the West.
 
Nikola Jokic led Denver with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
 
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