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)
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.
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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.