Hornets top Heat 109-106, rallying from 15-point deficit

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 17: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat on March 17, 2016 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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MIAMI (AP) Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 21 points, and the Charlotte Hornets overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Miami Heat 109-106 on Thursday night.

Nic Batum scored 19 for the Hornets, who split four games with Miami this season and now have the same 39-29 record as the Heat in the jampacked Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Hornets are now 15-3 in their last 18 games.

Charlotte trailed 45-30 in the second quarter, then took the lead by halftime and held it for most of the second half. Courtney Lee had 13 and Marvin Williams scored 12 for the Hornets.

Luol Deng led the Heat with 22 points. It was the 10th time this season that Miami lost a game in which it led at one point by double figures, with six of those coming at home.