Miami Heat's Rodney McGruder, left, grabs a loose ball as Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, bottom, and Cody Zeller, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Dragic, Heat top Hornets 112-99; pull into tie for 8th place

April 05, 2017 - 9:27 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 33 points, and the Miami Heat made 21 3-pointers to beat the Charlotte Hornets 112-99 on Wednesday night and pull back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

James Johnson shot 6 of 7 from 3-point range and had 26 points, while Hassan Whiteside had a strong second half and finished with 13 points and 20 rebounds as the Heat dealt a near-fatal blow to Charlotte's playoff hopes. The loss drops the 10th place Hornets 2 ½ games behind the Heat and Indiana Pacers with three games remaining.

Miami holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Indiana for the final spot in the East.

The 21 3-pointers tied the most ever allowed in by the Hornets in franchise history.

Nic Batum led Charlotte with 24 points, while All-Star Kemba Walker had 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

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