Luke Kuechly

Walker drops 34, Hornets defeat Heat 89-85 to even series

Steve Clifford has seen that look in Kemba Walker's eye. It tells the Charlotte coach to just give the point guard the ball and let him go.

Walker responded, like he's done so many times before.

Walker had 11 straight Charlotte points during a crucial stretch midway through the fourth quarter and finished with a playoff career-high 34 points to lead the Hornets to an 89-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night, evening the first-round series at 2-2.

"He's so confident late in games that he will make the play," Clifford said.

The smallest player on the floor at 6-foot-1, Walker finished 13 of 28 from the field.

"Throughout my career I...