CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rookie Kemba Walker made the most of his first NBA start, scoring a career-high 23 points to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 112-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
With the Bobcats mired in a six-game losing streak, coach Paul Silas benched veteran Boris Diaw, saying he wanted to see a different look with a smaller lineup. Diaw, who had started a franchise-record 235 straight games, had scored just three points in the last two games and had drawn criticism from Silas.
"We weren't playing with that much energy and we weren't getting that much out of Boris, to tell you the truth," Silas said.
Walker provided instant energy.
He scored 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting in the first quarter as the Bobcats built a 38-25 lead. Walker found all sorts of ways to score early on, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, a fast-break layup and a nifty reverse layup. He used his ability to get to the basket to draw three fouls and drained all five free thro...