Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker recorded the first 50-point performance in franchise history during Monday's 124-119 double-overtime win over the Utah Jazz, finishing with 52 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three turnovers in 47 minutes of court time, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Equally as impressive, he became just the fifth player in the last 50 years to record 52 or more points, nine or more rebounds and eight or more assists in a single game, joining Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The overtime periods obviously helped, but Walker was already well on his way to a massive performance, with 18 of his points coming in the first quarter alone.
After putting up just five points in the second frame, the 25-year-old point guard came out of the half on fire, adding eight points and five assists to his stat line during the third quarter.
He then scored just four points in the fourth quarter, thus finishing regulation with 35 points in a game that was knotted up at 95.
The overtime periods were nothing short of a clinic, with Walker scoring eight points in the first and nine in the second to bring his full-game total to a franchise-record 52 points, which bested Glen Rice's old mark of 48 points, per Hornets executive vice president Pete Guelli.
Walker also broke a lesser-known record, topping Gilbert Arenas' 51 points (2007) to set a new NBA record for the most points scored in a game played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).
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