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Less than a month ago, the New York Knicks removed Kemba Walker from their rotation in favor of Alec Burks. Oh, how things have changed.
Walker recorded his first triple-double since 2014 on Saturday, leading the Knicks in a 101-87 Christmas victory over the Atlanta Hawks sans Trae Young. Walker finished with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Knicks were hyped to see Kemba get his triple-double 👏 pic.twitter.com/VdLMxI8dY0
— ESPN (@espn) December 25, 2021
Walker is the first Knick to post a triple-double on Christmas and the seventh player on any team, according to The Athletic.
As he exited the game, he received a hearty reception from the Madison Square Garden crowd.
Knicks fans chanted Kemba's name after his Christmas Day performance 🙌 pic.twitter.com/OZl0pYtTn6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 25, 2021
"I'm back home," Walker told ESPN after the game. "I'm from here, born and raised. They showed me a lot of love today."
The performance continues a wild run of success since Walker returned to the starting lineup due to an injury to Derrick Rose. After not seeing a minute for 10 straight games, the 31-year-old Walker entered Saturday averaging 31.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in his last three games, highlighted by a 44-point effort on Thursday.