Knicks' Kemba Walker on Christmas Triple-Double: 'Those Are Moments You Dream About'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 25, 2021

New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker reacts against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in New York. The Knicks won 101-87. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
AP Photo/Adam Hunger

The Kemba Walker revival is in full effect. 

After finding himself buried on the New York Knicks bench for nearly a month, Walker has been spectacular in his past four games, averaging 26.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists during that span, including a triple-double (10 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) during a 101-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Christmas Day. 

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According to <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNStatsInfo</a>, Kemba Walker's triple-double is just the 10th on Christmas in NBA history. Four were by Oscar Robertson in the 60s. The others: John Havlicek ('67), Billy Cunningham ('70), LeBron James (2010), Russell Westbrook ('13) and Draymond Green ('17).

"It was amazing. It was amazing," Walker told reporters after the win. "Those are moments you dream about. You know? Yeah, man, it's kind of hard to put it in words, to be honest. But it was special. Just to be home, with that New York on my chest—I'm a New York City kid, born and raised—it felt amazing."

The feeling was mutual in New York:

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Knicks fans chanted Kemba's name after his Christmas Day performance 🙌 <a href="https://t.co/OZl0pYtTn6">pic.twitter.com/OZl0pYtTn6</a>

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The Knicks were hyped to see Kemba get his triple-double 👏 <a href="https://t.co/VdLMxI8dY0">pic.twitter.com/VdLMxI8dY0</a>

Mitchell Robinson @23savage____

Merry Christmas and happy holidays <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KnicksTape?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KnicksTape</a> <br><br>Kemba congrats on the triple double my g 🙏

Suffice to say, don't expect Walker to leave the rotation anytime soon. He's provided a spark for the 15-18 Knicks as they attempt to turn a disappointing season around.