Charlotte found a way to beat the Washington Wizards again.
This time, it was Kemba Walker taking over for the Hornets.
Walker scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Charlotte beat Washington 122-105 on Friday night.
Hornets: The win streak matches their season high set three previous times, most recently Jan. 31-Feb. 4. … C Dwight Howard received his 12th technical foul this season in the third quarter, matching Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook for second behind Golden State’s Draymond Green (14).
Wizards: F Otto Porter had 16 points and F Markieff Morris scored 13 for the Wizards, who have 10 losses against teams with losing records this season. . Beal has scored 30 or more points in 12 games this season.
Ramon Sessions signed a 10-day contract with Washington. The 11-year veteran was waived in January by New York, his eighth NBA team. Sessions played in 110 regular-season games for Washington from 2015-16 along with 10 games during the 2015 playoffs. He provides additional depth at point guard with Wall out another three to five weeks.
Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points as the Bucks won the opener of an eight-game stretch against teams in playoff contention. Jason Terry scored 14 points, and John Henson and Thon Maker each had 12.
“It’s a big gut-check and a big win for us,” Middleton said. “This is the best team in the East and we proved that we could beat them on the road.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points for the Raptors, who had won five straight home games against the Bucks, and 15 of the past 17 meetings.
Toronto also eliminated Milwaukee in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. The teams will not meet again in the regular season.
Serge Ibaka had 18 points, and Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 17 for Toronto.
“We didn’t deserve to win,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They outworked us, the outplayed us, they outthought us. Whatever adjective you want to use, they did it to us tonight.”